Hildesheim: Karl Alberti Schablonenfabrick, no date. First edition. Softcover. Oblong Quarto. 6, 6, 5pp. Original illustrated, stapled purple quarter cloth, respectively binder's paper over wraps with silver lettering on covers. Unique series of original decorative designs from Karl Alberti Stencil Manufacturer demonstrating a mix of Bauhaus and Art Deco aesthetics. Three volumes, one with 6 wallpaper designs with abstract and geometric imagery for universal use, the 6 designs of the second volume feature leafs and blossoms with geometric patterns, and the third volume with 5 plates especially designed for the kitchen featuring a more balanced approach between both artistic styles. The seventeen designs (5 3/4 x 11 1/2") are spray-painted with specially designed stencils and glued onto a light gray frame in the center of heavy purple stock pages protected by tissue guards. Text in German. Cloth and binder's tape at spine chipped and partially missing. Vol. 1; cover faded, light wear along edges and moderate soling of covers. Numbered 1-6 in pencil in lower right corner of design. Vol. 2: light soiling of cover and fading of some letters. Numbered 7-112 in pencil on designs. Vol. 3: First design separated from card stock with 3 x 1/4 inch chip at upper left corner. Tissue guards in all three volumes with sporadic creasing and small tears. Bindings in in overall fair to good+, interiors and designs in very good condition. fair to vg. Item #39814
In 1909 the painter's magazine "Die Mappe" established a studio for the production of stencils to be ordered on demand. (Master thesis, "Dekorations- und Stubenmalerei aus Niedersachsen. Vergleichende Betrachtungen unter retauratorischen Aspekten/Decorative and Parlor Painting from Lower Saxony. Comparative Observations under Restorative Aspects," Christiane Meier, Hildesheim, 2008, p. 27). Stencil manufacturers such as "Die Mappe" and Karl Alberti in Hildesheim were common before W.W.II.