Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Catalogue of Diaphanies. A Substitute for Stained Glass/ Musterbuch über Diaphanien. Kunstvolle Fenster-Decoration. Glasmalerei/ Album Illustré de Diaphanies. Remplaçant Parfaitement la Peinture sur Verre/ Catalogo di Diafanie. Sostituuenti a Perfezione i Vetri Dipinti

Leipzig: Grimme & Hempel, [ca. 1890s]. Softcover. Oblong octavo. Unpaginated. [1] 48 plates [2]. Original brown buckram, over illustrated b/w wrappers. A phenomenal and scarce catalog of Diaphanies, produced by the Grimme & Hempel company, based in Leipzig.

Diaphanies were the company's innovative alternative to stained glass. The patented product took existing colored designs and created thin sheets of gelatinous translucent material which could be adhered to regular glass surfaces, reproducing the effect of the genuine article. The catalog states that the designs won golden medals/first prizes in competitions in Brussels (1888), Koln (1889) and London (1891), but which competitions these were is unclear.

The introductory text states that the catalog contains more than 300 individual designs. Each design is gorgeously printed in vibrant chromolithographs. The images range widely from reproductions of details paintings of landscapes, portraits, historical and religious scenes, exotic natural history tableaus, animals, floral designs, orientalism, and some modern, abstract and geometric patterns as well. Designs are numbered, but not shown in numerical order. Instead they are grouped by style, subject and purpose, i.e. "fillings", "center pieces","borders" and "rosettes" etc. Measurements for each design are also included.

Front cover and captions throughout in English, German, French and Italian. Introductory text in German only. The second to last page includes instructions on how to apply the Diaphanies, in all four languages.

Wrappers with some light rubbing to extremities. Back cover with a few light creases and scratches, minor stains, and a small chip at the bottom left corner. Interior extremely clean, with all images vibrant. Wrappers in very good-, interior in near fine condition. Wrappers protected in modern mylar. Extremely scarce. vg- to near fine. Item #53639

Price: $2,750.00

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