[Art Nouveau Luxury Photo Album] 1904, Wertheim Department Store
Berlin: Wertheim, 1904.
Large folio size. This is an original large album designed by a contemporary artist, likely Vienese, and possible Heinrich Vogeler, with full cover pictorial design featuring luxurious red leather covers, produced by Wertheim department stores and given as a gift to only longtime employees of the famous department store (see below). Original crimson leather with superb gilt-stamped stylized cover design, blind-stamped ornamental design with four resting posts attached to back cover, decorative brass lock at forede. Gilt edges, green endpapers featuring decorative Art Nouveau design. Title page with floral green and gilt decorative framing of the dedication: In Memory of Ten Years of Service/ Zur Erinnerung and Zehnjaehirge Dienste im Hause. A. Wertheim," and signed, Margarte Duhring, and dated September 9, 1904. The boards of the album are quite heavy, with gilt framed arching cutouts for photographs on both sides, A most scarce survival with stunning gilt cover illustration depicting a female figure, symbolizing trade, wth flowering apple trees on each side. The dedication title page with dark green and gilt floral motifs, and is signed with the artist's initials HV, in the print. Some small tears, reinforced with tape and light sporadic foxing of inside boards. Binding in overall very good conditioin, interior with some minor wear. A beautiful and scarce example of Art Nouveau in an interesting setting.
Price: $1,850.00 Item #4513