EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS.
(France), Juin, 1848. A lovely album preserving ten delicate and meticulously prepared cut paper flower arrangements. The album is inscribed on the front fly leaf "Souvenir à Mlle. Heloise Bigaud / Hector de D. Juin 1848" and was almost certainly specially prepared as a gift of friendship (or courtship). The front cover displays the gilt initials "H. B." in gothic letters framed within a decorative gilt border. The flowers themselves are cut from various multi-colored papers. The minute detail and perfect composition of several of these flower "collages" make these exceptional examples of this largely domestic artistic genre requiring much skill and keen observation of nature.
Folio (40 x 28.5 cm); 10 cut paper flowers pasted inside folded sheets of paper and mounted on larger album leaves + two additional chromolithographed illustrations of flower bouquets. Each recto of the album has a gold printed square as a suggested frame and the 2 chromolithographed flower designs fill those, but the paper cutting on tissues paper spread beyond those or are loose on the page.Contemporary and original gilt-embossed cloth with decorative leather spine; occasional very minor and inevitable damage to the fragile cut paper designs (one quite small loss of stem to one design), but still very well preserved.
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