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...]

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...]

Plate #1: Bastide and Wicker – Objects d’Art in Silver

The first plate features a variety of items (vase, cups, saucer, etc.) and is captioned,
BASTIDE et WICKER – Objects d’Art en Argent.
(Bastide and Wicker – Silver Objects of Art.)

Jean Bastide and Bernard Wicker - Silver Art Nouveau Objects

An internet search turned up the names Jean Bastide and Bernard Wicker, who were goldsmiths and silversmiths, but I could find no other information. What is certain, however, is that their creations were exquisite.… [Read the rest...]

L’Art Decoratif Aux Expositions des Beaux Arts 1901…

I discovered it an estate sale in an old house in a coastal fishing village.

Tucked in the back of a bookcase, there it was: a large book, the spine missing, 3 sides bound with ribbons. Inside were over 200 loose-leaf pages, each printed with the image of an item shown in Paris in 1901. What a treasure!

This is the cover:

L’Art Decoratif Aux Expositions des Beaux Arts 1901…

It reads,

La Peinture et la Sclupture Decoratives

Aux Edpositions des Beaux-Arts




Publie par Armand GUERINET, Editeur
140, Faubourg Saint-Martin — Paris

“1901” and “2” are stamped onto the cover.… [Read the rest...]