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 Anonymous - Two portraits of the painter Bellanger painting in the open air
Stéphane Couturier - The Grand Palais [I]
 M. Meys (possibly Marcel Meys, working in France in the 1890s) - The painter Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse (?) painting in the open air – street scene
Léon Vidal (?) - Neptune calming the storm and 16th century jewellery
 Anonymous - Photographic collection of ornamental motifs
 Maison Ad. Braun & Cie (which operated under this name from 1876 to 1889) - Two half-length portraits of the painter Camille-Félix Bellanger

Photographic collection of ornamental motifs

Late 19th century – early 20th century
Prints on albumen paper on cardboard backing
35,8 cm x 27,1 cm

The album Industrial drawing by Javet comes from the Forney library collection; thirty photographic plates reproduce the plates of a collection of industrial drawings which was probably photographed in order to duplicate the original and facilitate its loan.

The 19th century witnessed a vogue for collections of ornamentations and commercial catalogues of products for the building trade. This latter type of publication was closely linked from the outset to collections of ornamentations, but differed in its end use: the examples in the catalogues were designed to be reproduced by industrial means.

The plates in this album are numbered in continuous sequence, possibly a feature of the original which seems to have been designed as a brochure for sale (as is demonstrated by the concealed cover price). What is the role of the photographic medium in the commercial use and distribution of this collection of ornamental motifs?

The Petit Palais building, designed by Charles Girault, lies at the heart of this new set of architectural issues; its ornamentation was created using moulding techniques and the work of the ornamental sculptors was guided by a wealth of graphic documentation.

The album Industrial drawing by Javet provides an insight into a certain vision of architectural creation in which the large-scale circulation of designs common to all plays an essential part.

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Inventory number : PHDUT00046
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