Pastels. Ten portraits of women.

Paris, Conquet, 1895.

Large in-8 (250 x 170 mm), jansenist havana morocco, ivory morocco lining decorated with two carved coloured leather compositions, lavender moire endpapers, double endpapers, gilt edges, illustrated cover and spine, case; some minor tarnishing to the lining. (Binding by Noulhac ; lining sets by Saint-André).

Charming work illustrated with 11 portraits by Alcide Théophile Robaudi and 35 compositions by Adolphe Giraldon.

Edition of 200 copies on Japon impérial, this one enriched with a beautiful full-page watercolor by Robaudi depicting an elegant woman.

Exceptional trompe-l'oeil leatherwork for the volume's lining, by master craftsman Ambroise Saint-André de Lignereux (1861-1936). Superb vegetal compositions of embossed leather leaves, tinted, stamped and sometimes rolled. The branches are rolled pieces of brown leather, and the berries are folded pieces of blue leather.

Ambroise Saint-André de Lignereux was an eminent specialist in leatherwork, whether for bindings, objects, furnishings or textiles. He exhibited on numerous occasions at decorative art shows, and was commissioned by the French Ministry of Commerce to study art leather. He was considered one of those who renewed this art in France, publishing a book entitled Comment on renouvelle un Art with Humbert-Droz.

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