Designs for a Green Display Cabinet in the Art Nouveau Style

Georges de Feure French
Edward Colonna German

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Design for a display cabinet in the Art Nouveau style. The cabinet is painted green with orange flower motifs. The cabinet consists of an open shelf at top that is used to store books. Below it, two further shelves appear to be covered by a glazed door. The piece is presented in elevation, but placed against a wall with red wallpaper and wainscoting in plain wood. Annotations with measurements are added at left, right and below the drawing. The drawing is part of a group of designs for furniture in the French Art Nouveau style by two prominent designers of the late 19th and early 20th century: Edward Colonna and Georges de Feure. The designs are executed in graphite and finished with watercolor. The furniture designs are represented in an interior setting or drawn against a blank background. All furniture pieces are meant to be made out of wood and range from small tables, cabinets and display cases, to buffets and servers, a wardrobe, a vanity table, a bench and a chair. The high degree of finish of the drawings suggest that they were used for presentation to clients, or possibly served as the model for lithographic illustrations. The Museum has several furniture pieces by both artists that closely relate to the present group of drawings, the design for a small side table by Colonna, in particular, show great similarities.

Designs for a Green Display Cabinet in the Art Nouveau Style, Georges de Feure (French, Paris 1868–1943 Paris), Graphite and watercolor

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