London. Bartholomew & Fletcher. No date. Ca. 1890.
Profusely illustrated furniture catalog from the highly regarded London firm (established 1843) of Bartholomew & Fletcher; premises at 217 & 219 Tottenham Court Road (London W). Paper wraps; 10 ½ x 14 ½ inches; 79 pp. On verso of page one catalog proudly states: "Established upwards of Half-a-Century," thus supporting a circa 1890 date. On page one it is stated "Amongst the following pages will be found illustrated a few examples of Genuine Old Furniture of the Jacobean, Queen Anne, Early Georgian, Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite and other periods." ("Other Periods" would include Art Nouveau furnishings, which are well represented in the catalog.) It would appear that, chiefly, the furnishings illustrated are manufactured by the firm and feature various period styles. Furnishings in the catalog are organized as follows: 1) "Dining Room" (with pages on "Chippendale, Sheridan, and Old English") plus sections on fireplace surrounds and entry hall furnishings; 2) "Drawing Room" including wooden chairs, desks, bookcases and upholstered "Divan Chairs," tufted sofas, etc; 3) Bed Room (wardrobes, dressing tables, washstands, chairs, bedsteads of iron and wood, and a page listing mattresses, pillows and bolsters, etc. Prices are given for each item. The firm also stresses their expertise in interior decorating and artistic painting. Condition: the paper wraps are loose along the text block with paper loss to the spine and to areas of along the free edge and top and bottom of front and rear covers. Top and bottom of free edge of first 30 pp bumped. More seriously. Pages 9/10 and 11/12 have major paper loss-as if a child clumsily cut out various images to paste into a scrapbook. This Bartholomew & Fletcher catalog comprises an uncommon compendium of late 19th century home furnishings, with prices given for almost every item. There is no WorldCat listing for this item. Profusely illustrated, the catalog might be considered for a library with particular emphasis on historical interior décor. Item #53638