June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]

June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]
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June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]June 1926. [A manuscript catalogue of Art Deco furniture designs]
Price :  £220.00

Irene Fawkes.

No place. 1926. Sewn wrappers, with decoration and date to front wrapper. [24 pages]. 6 tipped-in black-and-white photographs with ink decorative border. 6 further black-and-white photographs loosely inserted, 4 of which have an ink stock number to front. 195 x 145mm (7 x 5"). 0.1kg. . English. Very good; light shelf wear to wrappers, with some slight marks, a larger brown mark to front wrapper and verso, brown thumb print affecting two pages; the four loose photographs with stock numbers are slightly soiled with some creasing.

A charming manuscript trade catalogue for a suite of Art Deco bedroom furniture. The six pieces of furniture are individually photographed in the catalogue and include a wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers, bed frame, chair and bedside cabinet. The furniture is made of solid mahogany with a burr walnut veneer, framed with a band of golden English Yew and with ebony inlay. The quality of the design and construction is high "with the hope that posterity will accord them a place among the traditional examples of good English Furniture". The suite was limited to an edition of 20 and the final pages of the catalogue have spaces for the details of these 20 editions, however they remain blank. The six loose photographs show other examples of Art Deco furniture and of intricate, original marquetry. The book is signed at the rear by Irene Fawkes (1886-1977). Fawkes was best known as a designer and illustrator. She designed several posters for the London Underground. Her work designing furniture is unrecorded but the manuscript catalogue and the limited production suggests that this was perhaps a new venture for her.