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Ausgefuhrte Bauornamente von Prager Bildhauren. Wien Verlag Anton Schroll & Co. no date, c.1900. A grand portfolio featuring 48 [of 54] plates of art nouveau designs in what looks like plaster and wood, for the use of artists, designers and craftsmen. Although unmarked, these plates are from the working design library of Lunt Silversmiths, and were actively used by designers as inspiration for silver details and designs. Several of the plates have light pencil doodles and sketches of design ideas in the margins. 13"x16", title page + plates 1-4, 6-12, 14-22, 24-34, 36-40, 43-54. Some plates with edge chips, light soil. Contained in the original printed folder, folder very worn, spine perished.

Inventory #: 34799
Price: $ 150.00       

Parisian Goldsmith's Catalogue of Ecclesiastical Silver and Other Work. Printed in Paris, ca.1870-80. A beautiful pattern book issued by a Parisian(?) goldsmithing firm, illustrating a variety of religious holloware, accessories, jewelry and accoutrements, including cruet sets with glass inserts, monstrances, bells, crosses, caskets (both in traditional forms and in the forms of cathedrals with glass sides), and jewelry, including crowns and flaming hearts. Many of the pieces of all types are noted as having enamel decoration, and many come with inlaid pearls or gems. All are tinted gold in the plates. Each page illustrates the (unidentified) manufacturer's mark, a square with a star above the initials ET. The only text given are the dimensions, item numbers, and notes about enamel, etc. The pages appear to have been assembled from two separate issues- one set of plates is just slightly smaller than the other and they have different printer's marks. There is a small inked note- "Mainz 1881" on the endpaper. A striking catalog. Hardcover. 17.5"x12", 29 colored lithographed and 1 colored manuscript plate, numbered 1-29 (1 bis plate). Bound in old, evidently original, pebbled cloth, covers with light wear endpapers toned, creased plates with some scattered light soil, but overall very nice.

Inventory #: 8354
Price: $ 1500.00       

Brown, Richard. The Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture: comprising Instructions for designing and delineating the different articles of those branches geometrically and perspectively thereby producing the effect each piece will have when executed: and shewing by a scale the real measures for the workman. Illustrated by Appropriate Diagrams and Designs, Proportioned upon Architectural Principles, After the Manner of the Antique, on Twenty-five Plates, each accompanied with explanatory remarks. London printed for M. Taylor: 1835. First published in 1820, this is one of the most singular and outspoken cabinetmaking books of the 19th century, and was also the first devoted in large part to the new Greek Revival style in furniture. An architect and designer in London, Brown introduced several elements which were to become Victorian mainstays, among them the rounded form which became so popular later in the century (Joy). He was moved to write, like many others both before and since, by a dissatisfaction with his contemporaries' work. He deals with both Chippendale and Sheraton in a single sentence, criticizing their "trivial compositions... taken from the models of the French school of about the middle of the last century, now obsolete" and then for good measure slam dunks Chippendale by further commenting that of the two Sheraton "is the one most worthy of notice." He has no use, however, for Sheraton's attempts at delineating a system of geometry for cabinetmakers, noting his "entangling vanishing points, and crossing the diagrams in a confused and cobweb-like manner..." (he would not be the first, or last, to find fault with Sheraton's geometry). Brown subscribed to the belief that the study of earlier times held the key to tasteful decoration. He tolerated the Egyptians (whose designs were "more to be admired for their sublimity than true elegance"), despised the Romans ("pompous... covered every part of their works with ornaments in wanton profusion...and render their productions one indistinguishable mass") and admired the Greeks above all others, "who have displayed a taste hitherto unequaled, and that fills the enlightened world with admiration." When dealing with ornament, Brown truly reached his stride. He laid down the law, stating "All ornaments introduced into furniture should be rich, graceful and consistent, and not of the vulgar kind: the passionflower, for instance, is extremely rich, the sun-flower vulgar, although we frequently see it introduced, with dolphins, shells, and other incongruous appendages, on the poles of window curtains." He further advises against use of "serpents and other obnoxious reptiles, to which we have a natural antipathy." His imagination was unlimited (Joy terms it whimsical, approaching absurd): a dressing table should have the decorations of plants which produce perfume sofas need decoration denoting comfort, for instance couch flower and heartsease for a table for playing cards "perhaps the mask of Comus, the god of festivals and mirth, will be found to accord.". Since Brown comments in this vein on every piece of furniture, the book is quite entertaining reading. The designs include a wide variety of tables as well as chests, bookcases, seats, sofas, beds and other pieces, and also several room designs the pieces are interesting, often very dramatic. Needless to say, the perspective is perfect. Bound at the back, but paginated within the sequence of the main book, is "An Elucidation on the Principles of Drawing Ornaments, Exemplified on Seven Plates", first published in 1822. Hardcover. 10"x11.5", xvi + 87 pages, plus 25 + 7 plates. Bound in the publisher's original printed boards, covers somewhat scuffed and soiled. Rebacked, with a new, sympathetic spine, and new endpapers. Some light internal spotting and a little soil. Ex-institutional, with a number on the margin of the frontispiece and several numbers written on the copyright page. Overall a nice copy in the original pasteboard covers.

Inventory #: 31026
Price: $ 3000.00       

Florentin, P. Album de Dessins en Cheveux. Repertoire de P. Florentin, Artiste-Brevete, Professeur de Dessins en Cheveux. Paris, no date, but late 1870s. A superb French Victorian design album of hair-work, including jewelry, memorial items, chains and very elaborate vignettes- sometimes it's not even completely clear how hair works into the design. A large percentage of the designs are for memorial and mourning items. Very uncommon. Hardcover. 11"x13", 20 lithographed leaves, 2 tinted with gold. Original pebbled cloth with gilt title, marbled endpapers. Covers lightly worn, light scattered foxing. Some internal pencil notes, and the endpaper has the ink inscription- "Album Travaiit Artistique en Cheveux -Fusil - rue Eugene Vignal 2, Orleans". On the title leaf the printed name 'Florentin' has a small piece of paper pasted over it with 'Fusil' written in ink.

Inventory #: 31242
Price: $ 3500.00       

Furst, Paul. Neu Flarengesichter und Comperlimentbuchlein fur Bildhauer, Schreiner, und dergleichen Kunstler. Nurnberg Paul Furst: 1654. An absolutely wonderful suite of engraved designs for craftsmen -sculptors, cabinet makers and metalworkers. Facial grotesque seems the best way of describing these ornaments -the heads of satyrs, Bacchian-types, demons and (I swear to God) Jay Leno, all make appearances, smirking, scowling, howling or laughing in churlish abandon. I can see these modeled in silver or gilt-brass or bronze. Not in the Berlin Catalog or NUC. 11.5"x7.25", engraved titlepage and 15 engraved figures mounted on contemporaneous sheets and sewn now disbound, but with a minor spine remnant hanging on to show it was bound at one time. Also included are two similiar sheets with floral-inspired vignettes. A little minor soil and, as I said, disbound and the last 2 sheets detached, but overall a very nice suite.

Inventory #: 29439
Price: $ 1850.00       

Julienne, M.E. L'Orfevrerie Francaise les Bronzes et la Ceramique. Paris A. Morel: 1860s. A lovely collection of plates of French silver, including flatware, hollowware, dishes, chandeliers, and more. The plates feature tan backgrounds with white highlights and are very elegant. Although unmarked, these plates are from the working design library of Lunt Silversmiths, and were actively used by designers as inspiration for silver details and designs. Several of the plates have light pencil doodles and sketches of design ideas in the margins. Very uncommon. 11.5"x15.5", 46 [of 48] plates, title page, half-title, pictorial title page (1)-2, 4-36, 38-48. Some plates with edge chips, some soil. Housed in a plain board folder, spine perished, boards very worn.

Inventory #: 34801
Price: $ 250.00       

Klimsch, Karl. Die Etiquettir-Kunst, reiche Auswahl neuer Etiquetten fur alle Zwecke. Frankfurt Kunst-Verlag Klimsch & Co.: 1860s. A charming Victorian book of label designs of all types, loosely categorized by theme and type. An English edition was also published, several years after this German edition. Both editions are extremely uncommon. Although unmarked, these plates are from the working design library of Lunt Silversmiths, and were actively used by designers as inspiration for silver details and designs. 10.5"x13.5", 72 plates, loose as issued. Many plates with edge chips, some with creases and soil. Covers very chipped, spine & rear cover perished.

Inventory #: 34803
Price: $ 750.00       

Lawford, Henry. The Cabinet of Marquetry, Buhl, and Inlaid Woods. Designs for Doors, Corners, Panels, Ornaments, Trinkets, Natural Flowers, Marquetry, and Bands of Tulip Wood, Pedestals, Cabinets, Plate Glass Ovals and Round Decorations, Work Tables, Bureaus, Jardiniere, Walnut Wood Card Tables, Bookcases, Brass and China Decorations, &c. London: 1867. A very striking set of colored designs for very fancy marquetry, buhl and inlaid work on a variety of pieces of furniture. The pieces illustrated include many types of cabinets, tables, desks, sideboards and pedestals, illustrated from a single piece to three or four pieces per page. A very uncommon design book in the marketplace, or indeed anywhere, as OCLC only locates 10 copies. Hardcover. 11.5"x14.5", title page plus 20 colored lithographic plates ex-library, with a stamp on the title page and each individual design stamped. Publisher's dark red ribbed cloth with gilt title inside a blindstamped wreath. Covers worn and abraded at the tips, etc. endpapers discolored, front endpaper with 5" closed tear plates with a few light spots, but fairly fresh and nice, except for those stamps.

Inventory #: 30899
Price: $ 875.00       

Percier, Charles & P.F.L. Fontaine. Recueil de Decorations Interieures, comprenant tout ce qui a Rapport a l'Ameublement... Paris 1812. Percier and Fontaine were a talented team of Empire/Neo-Classic designers who helped Napoleon redecorate many of his residences and public buildings in the new Empire styles and also provided the designs and models for the French Empire style in furniture and interior dcor, as illustrated here. They met as students at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts and worked together in Rome at the French Academy. Lincoln Kirstein has much to say about them and their somewhat complicated relationship with Napoleon in the excellent catalog "The Taste of Napoleon" (William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, 1969) from which we take the liberty of quoting liberally- "As architects and designers, Percier and Fontaine contributed greatly to the panoply of elegance with which Napoleon surrounded himself. They were the architects for the Empress Josephine for the remodeling of Malmaison, they were the architects of the Louvre and of the Tuileries... they worked at Saint-Cloud, the Trianon, Compiegne, and Fountainebleau... Percier, supremely disciplined by measuring ancient Roman monuments fused the various strands into a contemporary Parisian antiquarianism...restored to a fresh wholeness, scaled down to modern metropolitan needs, primed for production and use. Elements in the vocabulary -eagles, sphinxes, victories, wreaths, fasces, columns, trophies, insignia -were worked and reworked, but Percier's delineation, his exquisite sense of proportion and fitness, his suggestion of the subtle plasticity of chiseled low-relief, made it seem like a novel metric to hymn Napoleon's epic." But it was not all quite that easy. Relations between the Emperor and his designers could be strained. "(Napoleon) was unpardonably rude to Charles Percier, a sickly mouse of a man, angelic character, marvelous draftsman, since he was too shy and busy to set himself constantly in the Emperor's entourage and play an assiduous courtier. Whereupon, Napoleon pretended he didn't exist. Fortunately his devoted comrade Fontaine, a bold, hard-shelled, skillful administrator protected Percier to do his best work, secluded in an almost secret studio, between floors in the Louvre. ... It is likely Napoleon was aware of Percier's part in his partnership with Fontaine only he hadn't the patience to placate shyness it saved time to talk to one strong foreman rather than a committee of two... Fontaine's great service lay in knowing how far he could risk Percier's freedom... Official recognition of the true genius of the partnership came late. It was not easy to work for Bonaparte. ... The team of Percier and Fontaine, in the capacities of supreme designer, agile diplomat, expediter, and shop-manager, learned how to accommodate Josephine's whim to Napoleon's will. It was she who had Percier's name written in on letters-patent naming Fontaine Architect of the Palace. How could two such loving comrades be separated? This was as much taste as sentiment...". This oversized volume features grandly decorated cabinets, chairs, sofas and other furniture, as well as wall panels and decorations, and silver candelabra and dishes, and all sorts of other decorations. A frenzied, meticulously detailed explosion of Empirical Neo-Classicism. Hardcover. 11.5"x16.5", 43 pages of text with an engraved vignette, plus 72 engraved plates bound in old vellum-covered boards with a leather spine label boards somewhat worn, scuffed and soiled. Contents with some light soil and light variable foxing not a pristine copy, but still a nice one.

Inventory #: 8280
Price: $ 2500.00       

[Perleberg, Hans Carl]. La Sculpture Ornementale Moderne. (Paris, c.1910?). An interesting design portfolio of art nouveau metalwork, featuring art nouveau motifs on flat metalwork- medallions, mantel backs, cornices and the like. Although unmarked, these plates are from the working design library of Lunt Silversmiths, and were actively used by designers as inspiration for silver details and designs. Several of the plates have light pencil doodles and sketches of design ideas in the margins. Very uncommon in any condition. 10"x12", 26 [of 30] loose plates, tipped onto card pages, some cards with chipping at the corners or edges. Title hand-lettered on one plate. Housed in a plain card folder. Several of the backing pages are stamped "Represented by G.A. Fenney, North Court St., Providence, R.I.".

Inventory #: 34796
Price: $ 200.00       

Riester. 6 Engraved Ornament Plates dated 1843. No place: 1843. Six loose engraved plates illustrating Gothic-Revival ornamental designs for craftsmen. Signed in the plate "Riester sculpsit 1843". 6 plates. 12.5"x9.5", some soil.

Inventory #: 34798
Price: $ 50.00       

Schirmer, Robert. Plastic Ornament for Building and the Art Trades. New York Hessling & Spielmeyer: no date, 1890s. Includes "capitals, caryatides, stelas, pillars, busts, masks, rosettes, gussets, edges, consoles, friezes, panels, corners, head-mouldings, crownings, top-stones, frames, etc.". Although unmarked, these plates are from the working design library of Lunt Silversmiths, and were actively used by designers as inspiration for silver details and designs. Some of the plates have light pencil doodles and sketches of design ideas in the margins. Very uncommon in the marketplace. 13.5"x19", 31 [of 35] plates: 1, 3-15, 17-20, 22-30, 32-35. Title page states "30 plates". Plates with really serious edge chipping, some soil. Housed in a printed board folder, as issued, spine perished, boards worn.

Inventory #: 34802
Price: $ 200.00       

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