Impressive catalogue of French ornamental bronze fittings

DELAUNAY & Cie.: Ornements en bronze galvanique. 99 numbered collotype plates. Paris: S. a. [ca. 1880-1890].

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DELAUNAY & Cie., Galvanoplastie Massive: Ornements en bronze galvanique. [Enclosed: Tarif des Ornements pour Meubles, Sièges, Bronzes. Lithographed facsimile of a handwritten price-list]. 99 numbered collotype plates. Paris: Delaunay (Berthaud [collotype], Thibault [lithography]. S. a. [ca. 1880-1890 and ca. 1924]. 2°. (32,5:50, Bl.; 22:30, Illustr.). 99 plates [no title-page as published], [4] 150 [2] p. Original publisher's black cloth map with gilt title printing with three hasps. Original publisher's brochure with black typographic title printing

Extensive collection with bright collotype plates showing several thousands of bronze fittings for furniture, pendulum clocks, marble interiors etc., designed in historistic style. Attached to the enclosed price-list there is an accompanying letter of Delaunay's to the Vienna based furniture industry Carl Bamberger, whose archive this item belonged to. Bamberger also worked for „Wiener Werkstätte“.

Some plates with edges slightly torn, margins of some plates dusty and time-stained, paper due to different quality partly time-stained, plates 53, 218 and 228 with faults (but not infringing the illustrations).

Very seldomly offered indeed. OCLC and KVK show only 5 copies worldwide, all of them with a different number of plates. Deutsches Museum und SPSG Potsdam quote copies with 229 plates, Museu del Disseny de Barcelona quotes a copy with 100, Columbia University (Avery Library) one with only 59 and Getty one with only 27, the last three copies though with unnumbered plates.

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Weight 4 kg