Plate #3: Becker – Objects en Matieres précieuses pour la Maison Boucheron

This plate features several beautiful items, with only the artist’s last name stated.

Becker Art Nouveau for Maison Boucheron

BECKER – Objects en Matieres précieuses pour la Maison Boucheron.
(Becker – Objects in precious materials for Maison Boucheron.)

These may be by Edmond-Henri Becker (France).

(Art Nouveau’s other Becker – Gustav Becker – was primarily a clockmaker.)

Maison Boucheron still exists today as a high-end jeweler.… [Read the rest...]

“The Violet” Toilet Articles in Sterling Silver by Daniel Low & Co. –

Daniel Low - Art Nouveau Violet pattern

Tucked inside L’Art Décoratif, I found a page torn from an old catalogue. The company is Daniel Low & Co., Gold and Silver Smiths, of Salem, Massachusetts.

On both sides of the page are sterling silver toilet items. The front of the page (numbered 0-27) begins with a rather lengthy description of the company’s “Toilet Articles in Sterling Silver”, which you can read here.… [Read the rest...]

Plate #2: Becker – Objects pour la Maison Boucheron

This second plate features a marvelous table clock and a richly-adorned Bible cover.

Becker - Clock and Bible Cover for Maison Boucheron

BECKER – Objects en Matieres précieuses pour la Maison Boucheron
(Becker – Objects in precious materials for Maison Boucheron)

The artist’s first name isn’t mentioned, but the clock may have been made by Gustav Becker, the well-known German clock maker of the time.

Here’s some more information about him:
Gustav Becker clocks
Gustav Becker – Wikipedia

Edmond-Henri Becker was another Art Nouveau artist:
Edmond-Henri Becker at Wikipedia (France)

Maison Boucheron was established in 1858 and was known for its high-end jewelry and other items, providing elaborate pieces for royalty and the wealthy worldwide.… [Read the rest...]

What is a heliotype?

73 rue Claude Bernard, Paris / via Google Maps

73, rue Claude-Bernard, Paris / via Google Maps

Heliotype E. Le Deley, Paris

Héliotypie E. Le Deley, Paris

The heliotype was invented by Ernest Edwards (1837-1903), who later outlined the process in his book, The Heliotype Process (Boston: James R. Osgood & Co, 1876). Though earlier begun by others, it was Edwards who perfected the process in about 1870.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a heliotype as a “photomechanically produced plate for pictures or type made by exposing a gelatin film under a negative, hardening it with chrome alum, and printing directly from it.”

The David A.… [Read the rest...]

“The Floradora” Toilet Articles in Sterling Silver by Daniel Low & Co.

Daniel Low - Art Nouveau Floradora pattern

Tucked inside the book, I found a page torn from an old catalogue. The company is Daniel Low & Co., Gold and Silver Smiths, of Salem, Massachusetts.

On both sides of the page are sterling silver toilet items. The front of the page (numbered 0-27) begins with a rather lengthy description of the company’s “Toilet Articles in Sterling Silver”:

We have always devoted especial attention to sterling silver toilet wares and our sales in this department are very large.

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