SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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These beautiful and rare French Art Deco pochoirs showcase designs intended for fabrics or wall treatments of the period. Edouard Benedictus was a noted painter, writer, designer, composer, and chemist who was a member of the Apaches, the French artistic rebels whose number included Ravel.

Pari: Editions Albert Levy, [1924].
Pari: Editions Albert Levy, [1924].

A large complete collection of folio pochoir plates by J. Saude, loose in a portfolio with dark paper boards and a coloured pictorial front board that is also lettered in gilt. 86 pochoir coloured motifs on 20 plates. In good condition. Slight wear to the portfolio. All plates are magnificent, with bright, bold colouration. Benedictus (1878-1930) was one of the most popular artists in stencil printing in abstract and floral deco art. His reputation was made primarily on the collections "variations" printed with the stencil, mainly due to the printer; J. Saudé. The collections follow the practice established by previous decorators in such folios, namely that they have a number of patterns that may be suitable for woven or printed clothing and upholstery. A number of these patterns are grouped on one page, each designed in warm, bright colours. The resulting image is of twenty different prints in different inks. Such laborious work and the cost of the pigments employed, as well as the metallic elements, made such productions extremely costly in their time. The plates are untitled. Coloured plates in order: 1. Plate 1. 2. Plate 2. 3. Plate 3. 4. Plate 4. 5. Plate 5. 6. Plate 6. 7. Plate 7. 8. Plate 8. 9. Plate 9. 10. Plate 10. 11. Plate 11. 12. Plate 12. 13. Plate 13. 14. Plate 14. 15. Plate 15. 16. Plate 16. 17. Plate 17. 18. Plate 18. 19. Plate 19. 20. Plate 20.