Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries website provides this online edition of their run of the periodical, `Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne' (Furniture repository, ancient and modern). The Cooper Hewitt has an almost complete set of the periodical and it is the only known library collection in the United States.
This bi-monthly periodical exerted an enormous influence by promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics and interior decoration for nearly a century, from 1839. Created by furniture designer and publisher Désiré Guilmard (ca.1810-ca.1885), the periodical "consisted entirely of illustrations of designs for furniture, window treatments and room settings". The collection of nearly 400 hand coloured plates, for the period 1841 to 1851, can be browsed by style/period of furniture ranging from Directoire through to Rococo Revival and Troubadour, or by type of furniture: floor plans, window treatments, furniture-casework and seating. The plates can also be browsed by volume. Larger images are available by clicking on the thumbnails in the galleries, and this visual resource is of great value to restorers, curators, historians, and furniture designers.