[Paris.] Maurice Briere. 1936. Leaves bound in beige cloth boards, backed with buckram and fastened with screws, title to front board. 72 pages containing nearly 1,000 textile samples pasted in, with titles, dimensions, colourways and prices. 16 colour lithographs by M. Kuss printed on rectos only and interspersed through the album; they illustrate a complete fashion outfit made using a fabric sample from the facing page. 12 printed pages illustrating fashion accessories. 415 x 320mm (16¼ x 12½"). 3.1kg. . French. Good/Very good; the boards have a degree of wear with some staining to surface, hinges beginning to split at front and back, binding remains firm; some browning to pages with occasional spotting, creasing and short tears; some of the samples are creased but all are present, there is one blank space where a sample is called for but there is no residue of adhesive or marks, which suggests it was never inserted. A marvellous survival of a working document.
A remarkably comprehensive Art Deco trade catalogue of fashion fabric swatches from 1930s Paris. Maurice Briere were a Parisian firm of textile manufacturers and haberdashers. This album from the Winter 1936-37 season was produced as a trade catalogue for their current lines. Nearly 1,000 samples are included, with many designs in several different colourways. There is wool, suede, faux fur, mohair, velvet, corduroy, lame, satin, silk, taffeta, crepe de chine, cotton and linen. Patterns include tartan, houndstooth, animal print, flowers, geometrics and boats. Each design has a printed name, size and colour, with the price noted in pencil. The swatches are accompanied by colour fashion plates illustrating current designs for coats and dresses made up using the Maurice Briere fabrics. At the rear of the album are black-and-white illustrations for the Art Deco fashion accessories sold by the firm, including clips, buckles, fastenings, buttons, belts, lace collars, stockings, fur stoles, furs and sewing materials.