Paris: Librairie de l’Art Ancien et Moderne, [circa 1902, 1903]. Three portfolios in one, folio 13 x 17 1/2”, 24 leaves of color lithograph plates printed to recto only, heightened with silver, one title page. Half green cloth portfolio with peach paper boards and title printed in black, with black cloth ties. Plates are grouped in sets (livraisons) of eight, and each housed in a peach paper portfolio with title information and plate list printed to upper and lower wraps. Portfolio has some shelf wear, the paper portfolios that house the plates are chipped along fore-edges and all are slightly torn at the joint, plates are bright and in very good condition. A three part portfolio of French Art Nouveau interior design, with an emphasis on drapery, scarce. Curtain hangings are prominently featured in dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and boudoirs, illustrating various ideas on how to use drapery to dramatically enliven a window, bed, or doorway. The soft palette of light greens, yellows, pinks, and blues fill each design with daylight emphasizing the lush shadows of the furniture and fabrics in each rendering. OCLC: 84608503. (Inventory #: 108263)
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