Studio d'Arts Décoratifs..., Pl. 2, Quatre Dessins de haute fantaisie

Designed by Nicolas Sorokine French
Published by Armand Guérinet French
Published by Librairie d'Architecture et d'Art Décoratif French

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Second plate of pochoir pattern book, titled "Studio d'arts décoratifs" (2nd copy), with Art Deco textile designs created by Nicolas Sorokine and published in Paris by Armand Guérinet, probably in the second half of the 1920s or the early 1930s. The book consists of a title page with index and 16 plates numbered 1-16, each with numerous designs, bound with dark blue linen boards. The designs contain a variety of geometric motifs, birds and flowers, all typical of the Art Deco style, which was characterized by its eclecticism, drawing from a variety of sources that sought to combine old European design traditions with the modern style diffused by avant-garde art, while also reflecting the romantic fascination with early Egyptian and Meso-American "exotic" cultures promoted by archaeological discoveries of the times.

This plate presents four designs "of high fantasy", with abstract motifs executed in a variety of colors. The first two consist of a variety of overlapping scales and triangles with offsets of scales, colored with red and green strokes over blue grounds, and a variety of geometric shapes formed with blue, green, gray, pink and red strokes. The third design consists of abstract motifs formed by a green circle with dark blue dots surrounded partially by fragments of circumferences made up of small white strokes over blue lines, over a background of abstract shapes executed with dark blue, pink, and shades of green. The last design also contains abstract human figures (?) with dark blue heads and large headdresses made up of two thin, long horns and large flower-like motifs with pistils made up of a checked pattern with dark grayish-blue and light blue squares and straight-edged petals colored with dark blue, gold and light blue, and with bodies (?) created with fragments of ovals rendered with yellow undulating stripes.

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