Oblong 4to, publisher’s brown card wrappers printed in silver and blue, silk cord. 25 fine colour plates, of which 18 with 2 images. Complete.
Very fine collection of wallpapers printed and sold by the Essef company, with designs by the leading design studios of the period, including the Compagnie des Arts Français, La Maîtrise and Primavera.
In the early 20th century several Parisian department stores established their own decorating studios, producing modish textiles, wallpapers and artefacts. In 1913 the Printemps department store opened Primavera, and in 1921, the Galeries Lafayette set up La Maîtrise with Maurice Dufrène as artistic director. The Compagnie des Arts Français, co-founded by Louis Süe and André Mare in 1919, produced Art Deco furniture and interior decorations for wealthy customers, with Paul Vera, Jaulmes, Richard Desvallières, Charles Dufresne, Segonzac, Boutet de Monvel, Boussingault, André Marty, and others among its designers.
Lovely presentation of the wallpapers in fully decorated interiors, some with trendy tubular chairs or other pieces of furniture. Essef was a French producer and printer of fine wallpaper established in 1867, the company closed down in 2006.