1925 Paris Exposition

[FIERENS-GEVAERT, Hippolyte, preface by]

La Participation de E. & R. Altenloh, joailliers à l'Exposition des Arts décoratifs de Paris en 1925. Exposition : 1 Place Royale, Bruxelles.

(Brussels, Établissements O. De Rycker for E. & R. Altenloh, 1925).

8vo, publisher’s pictorial card wrappers in red and black, tissue endpapers with geometrical design. (30) pp. 2 head- and tailpieces, 14 half-tone plates, including one double-page, mostly of silverware, 4 colour plates of Art Deco jewellery and watches. Complete.

First and only edition.

Finely produced trade catalogue celebrating the jeweller’s participation and grand prix award at the 1925 Paris Exposition, with an introduction by the noted Belgian art historian and critic Hippolyte Fierens-Gevaert (1870-1926) and a few excerpts from contemporary art journals.

The famed Belgian jewellery company Altenloh was established in 1878 by Ernest Altenloh (1850-1910), the son of a silversmith. He was later joined by his son Robert (1879-1934), who rapidly established the company’s international reputation through the quality of its jewels and the designs of its silverwork. Their shop, first located close to the Royal Palace (1, place Royale – now the Magritte Museum), also sold pieces by other designers, including Lalique. The company was a jeweller to the Royal Court of Belgium, attracting the wealthy Belgian aristocracy and an exclusive international clientele.

A fine copy.