Monday, May 25, 2009

Bits and Bobs, Oh My 

Once in a blue moon a museum mounts a very specialized exhibit centered on a rather narrow family of textiles.

In 1973 the Musee des Arts Decoratifs assembled from their extensive collection an exhibit comprised of 506 braids, fringes, tassels, decorative motifs and every other sort of opulant decorative excess the French so adore and at which they excell in production and application.

The catalog of the exhibit is both eye candy and an excellent reference. It is mostly illustrated with black and white plates of such a crisp resolution that they are still a delight. The color plates are of the same quality. There is a glossary and illustrations of various tassel molds and the descriptions of the examples as well as all of the text is in French. The examples extend from a few dated 16th century to contemporary wonders.

There are copies of the catalog to be found on a used book search (I used http:/www.addall.com) in various prices. It can be found by title des Dorelotiers aux Passementiers.

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