Profusely illustrated catalogue of luxury Vienna Art Nouveau bathrooms

Paul DUMONT, Wien: Bäder, Wascheinrichtungen [Bathrooms, Washing Facilities]. With 11 lithographic plates and around 350, partly full-paged text illustrations after drawings, wood-engraving and photographies. Wien: [ca. 1900].

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Paul DUMONT, Fabrik für Sanitäts Anlagen, Closets etc., Wien: Bäder, Wascheinrichtungen [Bathrooms, Washing Facilities]. With 11 lithographic plates and around 350, partly full-paged text illustrations after drawings, wood-engraving and photographies. Wien: Dumont (Haufler & Schmutterer, lith.), s.a. [ca. 1900].

In-2°. 104 pages [1-2 (title)], 3-103, [1], 11 plates. Original saddle-stitched illustrated wrappers with elaborated wood engravings of company's logo and thumbnails of products, as well as lithographic reproductions of the firm's premises recto and verso.

Contents: Comprehensive, profusely illustrated and particularly rare catalogue of the Vienna based producer of bathrooms, kitchens and sanitary facilities, appointed as selected supplier by the Habsburg court. Included are ca. 400 bathrooms, tubs, showers and basins, boilers and saunas, fittings, tile and border designs etc., as well as belonging spare parts and accessory.

Illustration: The product design is dominated by the historistic and Art Nouveau aestethics. Due to a delayed modernisation of everyday's life in Vienna's »Gründerzeit« during the last decades of the 19th century, many wealthy local bourgeois households were upgrading their bath and toilet facilities especially in those years. Dumonts business therefore ran quite successfully, and the prosperity of his activities founded in 1873 may be indicated by a luxurious Art Nouveau-mansion that he had built in 1902 in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods or the town, the »Cottage«-quarter.

Condition: Upper and lower part of spine, one corner and margins professionally restaurated, paper slightly time-stained, otherwise well preserved item indeed.

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Weight 2 kg