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Original watercolour designs for Furniture


Original watercolour designs of furniture LEVASSEUR, E. Furniture Manufacturer. New and Original Designs in Art Furniture. 22 plates, with illustrations numbered 1-146. Original gilt lettered red cloth portfolio. Lacks the linen ties, and page edges dusty. folio. c1900. Together with three further matching portfolio, two containing watercolour and pencil drawings, and one with coloured plates of French furniture. A. Rough sketch of a caned arm chair, and 13 sheets of watercolour drawings of chairs, some with reference numbers, one dated 1906, and several with plate numbers at the head ( 461, 463, 485, 612, 635, 663, 704), 2 further uncoloured drawings of chairs, and a folding pencil drawing of a decorative urn. B. Le Garde-Meuble. 32 coloured plates (numbered 2125-2152, 2155-2157, 2159-2160), and 3 uncoloured plates (worn). L’Ameublement. 21 coloured plates (with illustrations numbered 3109-3112, 3305-3308, 3317-3325, 3329-3336, 3341-3346, 3352-3360, 3365-3368). A hand-written note on the inner rear board refers to these plates in this folder, and these appear to be plates that Levasseur used for reference. C. Coloured Drawings: Black & Gold Lacquer Q. Anne Toilet Mirror. Ornamentation for a sideboard - large coloured designs on tracing paper. Plant stands. Sketch of a table designed for H. Livesey Esq. Designs for ornate mirror frames. Bureau and writing desks. Ornate mirror. Proposed design for Adam’s Newspaper Stand. Suggestion for Adams’ Pier Glass Console. Plan of a Cabinet and Sideboard, for C. Madero, Esq. Pencil Drawings: Folded sheet of pencil ornaments Side Table, and alternate Side Table. 2 designs for an urn on an elaborate stand. Dated 1907. Rough suggestions for Chippendale Chair for Tapestry. Five sheets of designs for mirror frames. Rough sketches of Jacobean Hall Wardrobes. Wardrobe measured drawing. Ornate chest. Hall Table - £18.0.0. Ornate chest of drawers. Ornate lighting columns (9). Grandfather clocks (3) Proposed Mirror. Tissue paper coloured ornament. V & A has: Sheets of designs, sketches and patterns for tables, chairs, sofas, cosy-corners, screens, sideboards, chests, display cabinets, stools, chimney-pieces, panelling, carved decoration and other ornament, made by E. Levasseur. Drawing in pencil, pen and ink, wash and watercolour. 1891-1908. Winterthur: has: Plate 1 (no 147) - 52 (no 338). (printed plates)