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ALBUM PITTORESQUE DES JARDINS AMEUBLEMENS ET DÉCORS RUSTIQUES. DESSINÉ ET PUBLIÉ PAR D. GUILMARD.

ALBUM PITTORESQUE DES JARDINS AMEUBLEMENS ET DÉCORS RUSTIQUES. DESSINÉ ET PUBLIÉ PAR D. GUILMARD.

GUILMARD, DÉSIRÉ. Small oblong 4to, publisher's red cloth rebacked with original spine laid down. Fine copy of a ravishing book with chromolithograph title page and 23 chromolithograph plates. Désiré Guilmard (1810-1885), the founder of the journal Le Garde-Meuble Ancien et Moderne, which specialized in ornament and furniture, was closely connected to the Parisian design community and an influential purveyor of taste in a fifty year period of economic growth and changing tastes. His various albums and books on design and interior decoration appear in OCLC, but there is only one listing of this book on garden furniture and rustic architecture - at the Musée Histoire Naturelle in Paris. The opening of formerly royal properties and the transformation of Paris with grand boulevards and parks brought tremendous interest in landscaping and horticulture not only for public parks but for domestic gardens. Suburban and country house gardens needed chairs and benches and, where people could afford it, picturesque architectural structures such as Guilmard's kiosks, bridges and small huts. Pretty decorative title page with border design of leaves and ornamental twisted twigs. Sixteen plates of rustic benches, chairs and tables of rough timber, rattan, and/or painted wood. Three plates of small bark cottages; two plates of highly decorated thatched- roof kiosks, all with elevations and plans; one plate of a bark bridge; and one plate of a lay-out of a small garden of flowers, turf , and trees to surround a rustic house. Rare. Size: Oblong 4to