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Féau, Alfred | [Thimble catalogue] Manufarture de Dés or & Argent des Doublés or sur Argent

  • The elegant illustrated supplement to a fin-de-siècle thimble catalogue, printed with metallic gold highlights. A nice example in unusually fresh condition.

    The firm of Alfred Féau was one of the leading thimble manufacturers in France, having taken over their competitor Maison Lorillon in around 1875 (there may have been family connections between the two firms, as ownership reverted several times between then and 1927). Their headquarters was at 59 Rue Turbigo near what is now the Musée des Arts et Métiers, and at the turn of the century they would be known for their elaborate Art Nouveau-inspired pictorial thimbles. The examples in this catalogue, probably dating from the 1880s, include silver and gold thimbles in a variety of designs including diamond patterns, crocodile skin, geometric designs, fleur-de-lis, “scrollwork”, bows, flowers and vines, and one style featuring poodles.

  • ...Ancienne Maison Lorillon. Paris, 19 Rue Turbigo. Supplement du Catalogue des Dés.

    Paris: A. Féau, [c. 1880s].

    Advertising leaflet, single sheet folded twice. Steel engravings overlaid with metallic gold ink. A few small spots and a little toning to the edges of the pamphlet, short closed tear at the right hand edge, small paperclip mark to the cover. Excellent, fresh condition.