Album of blank leaves,

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Creator

Thouvenin, Joseph.

Title

Album of blank leaves,

Date

ca. 1830.

Description

A noble example of a mosaic binding à la cathédrale, executed in straight-grain morocco, inlaid and gilt. Along with the “rose window” and pointed arch motifs, note the acanthus leaves forming the bases and pediments of the columns, a mixture of classical and gothic revival elements typical of the Romantic era. The binding is signed “Alphonse Giroux,” a retailer who specialized in the work of Joseph Thouvenin (1790–1834) and other leading Parisian binders.

Source

Gift of Samuel Putnam Avery, 1901.