Chromolithographic Invitation to the Lang & Nau Fall Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York
New York: Sackett, Williams and Betzig, 1882. Elaborate Victorian trade card for the Brooklyn-based furniture and upholstery company Lang & Nau, featuring an invitation on the verso: "You are respectfully invited to attend our Fall Exhibition / on Monday Oct. 9th, Tuesday Oct. 10th, & Wednesday Oct. 11th / Lang & Nau / Fulton, Cor. Clinton Street / Brooklyn, N.Y." Lang & Nau specialized in modern Aesthetic Movement interiors. The invitation depicts the parlor of a brownstone, featuring objets d'art arranged against a background of patterned moldings, mantels, wallpaper, rugs, tiles, upholstery, and draperies. Shades of peacock blue, terracotta, and "greenery-yallery," heightened in gold, recall the fashionable decorative work of James Whistler, William Morris, and Edward Burne-Jones across the Atlantic, while the pudgy family dog by the fire signals old-fashioned domestic comfort. A near-fine artifact of New York's Gilded Age. Chromolithographic pictorial trade card heightened in gold, measuring 5 by 4 inches, invitation on verso printed in black and white. Lightest edgewear. (Inventory #: 1001370)
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Brooklyn, NY 11215
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