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La Plante Et Ses Applications Ornamentales, Book

This is a La plante et ses applications ornamentales. It was edited by Eugène Samuel Grasset and published by Librairie centrale des beaux-arts.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Botanical Expressions.

It is dated 1896. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the department.

Edited by French designer and educator Eugène Grasset, this book features patterns conceived by his design students. Aimed at furniture makers and manufacturers of decorative objects, it promotes the use of stylized natural imagery in design as an alternative to copying historical patterns. Grasset links the proposed designs directly back to nature with the inclusion of botanical studies, a feature of many French pattern books from the period. Here the botanical study at left is an inspiration for the design drawing at right

It is credited Gift of Robert Winthrop Chanler, Smithsonian Libraries, NK1560 .G76 1896.

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Cabinet, ca. 1940
  • mahogany (base and cabinet), birch (interior shelves), lithography on paper.
  • Private Collection, San Francisco.
  • 12.2019.1

Its dimensions are

H x W (each): 47 × 33 cm (18 1/2 in. × 13 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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