La Plante Et Ses Applications Ornamentales, Book, 1896
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.
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Its dimensions are
H x W (each): 47 × 33 cm (18 1/2 in. × 13 in.)