Le Bas-Relief du musee des colonies

Paris: Librairie d'art Louis Reynaud, 1931. Small folio. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page. An additional inscription on the front pastedown to John Amore is signed by six of the architects of Rockefeller Center and two of its most important contributing artists. The architects who have signed include John R. Todd, L. Andrew Reinhardt, Henry Hofmeister, Wallace Harrison, J. Andre Fouilhoux, and George N. Pauly. Reinhard and Hofmeister are credited with Rockefeller Center’s basic scheme, with Raymond Hood contributing significantly to the design of the main buildings. The artists who have signed are Rene F. Chambellan (who co-designed and cast the Atlas sculpture and designed several promenade fountains) and Gaetano Cecere (sculptor).

Alfred Janniot was a French sculptor who contributed to the bas-relief sculptures of Rockefeller Center in New York City. The portfolio on offer here is a record of Janniot's bas-reliefs on the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris, delivered in 1931 for the Paris Colonial Exposition and designed by Janniot between 1928 and 1931. The work he contributed to Rockefeller Center is the gilded panel “Paris and New York Joining Hands Above Figures of Poetry, Beauty and Elegance” on the facade of Le Maison Francaise (circa 1930).

Folded title sheet with an introduction (in French) and 66 full-page plates printed on rectos only. In a folding photo illustrated portfolio with brown silk tie as issued. Plates Near Fine, portfolio Very Good with some wear along the hinge folds.

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