France, about 1920.
Folio [475 x 320 mm], with more than 1500 samples of fabrics pasted on 171 pages. Few samples are missing. Bound in contemporary grey half-cloth.
A very interesting album of samples offering a wide collection of fabrics with multiple patterns and colours: self-coloured, striped, squared, plaid, decorated with flowers, with geometric designs …
This volume presents the annual collection offered by a cloth factory to one of their clients, probably a fashion house. Each sample pasted in the album is numbered so that the clients can place their order easily.
The patterns are printed on different kinds of materials such as silk, satin, crêpe or muslin.
This album was probably made by a French factory (as we can see titles handwritten in French at the top of the pages: “dessin”) but rapidly exported to Germany (handwritten notes in German were added all along the album).
A good collection of samples of materials preserved in a contemporary binding.