LE PALAIS LUMINEUX/ PALAIS DE VERRRE (sic) by (Garden Architecture,…

LE PALAIS LUMINEUX/ PALAIS DE VERRRE (sic) by (Garden Architecture, Glass Architecture - Paris Exposition 1900) ( PONSIN, Joseph-Albert, architect)
"le plus grand travail de glacerie, de verrerie et de peinture sur qui ait jamais ete execute.."

LE PALAIS LUMINEUX/ PALAIS DE VERRRE (sic) Exposition Universelle De 1900.

(Paris) ca. 1900. A very scarce illustrated pamphlet dedicated to the 1900 Exposition's Palais Lumineux/Palais De Verre , also called Le Palais Lumineux Ponsin after the master glassmaker Joseph-Albert Ponsin who died before it's completion. Ponsin worked with the architect August-Pierre Latapy who saw its completion. This Chinoiserie-style iron frame structure was situated in the park near the Tour Eiffel at the top of a granite socle on the "grand lac" on the Champs de Mars. From its base, a cascade of twelve metres tumbled down. Its stunning and most remarkable features were its varied glass and tile walls; glass columns, glass staircases and translucide floor in the style of a Smyrnian rug; and grottoes of glass rock and stalactite - all illuminated to brilliance by thousands of incandescent bulbs. This all represented the work of La Compagnie des Glaceries de Saint-Gobain and La Verrie de Saint-Denis. Descriptions of these companies and their work are in the text. Other firms collaborating are listed towards the end of the pamphlet, including the firm of J. Philibert, Robert-Morin who specialized in rustic construction and park and garden decoration. This extraordinary tour de force in varied glass forms is cited as an inspiration for Bruno Taut's famous Glashaus made for the 1914 Cologne Werkbund exhibition. According to David Nielsen, "...that building that best mirrored the later Glashaus was the Palais Lumineux. Here, all of the principal ingredients of the Glashaus were evident: distinct upper and lower partitions; glazing in a myriad of forms; staircases; and a fountain." (see Nielsen, David. BRUNO TAUT'S DESIGN INSPIRATION FOR THE GLASHAUS, Conclusion 2.8) We have not located this item in OCLC, European Libraries or Copac. Stapled pamphlet (24.5 x 21 cm); 16 unnumbered pp., including upper and lower covers; with plan, illustrations from drawings and photographs and decorative text borders.

Original glossy stock printed in colors, very light occasional soiling and a few spots, some wrinkling to paper, especially at rear bottom corners, else very good.
Book ID: 16612
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