Mosaique Des Salons. SAJOU.
Mosaique Des Salons
Mosaique Des Salons

Mosaique Des Salons

Paris: Sajou, Rue de Rambuteau, 52, circa 1855.

Papered sampler box 210 x 152 x 44 mm, the top with Greek and oriental designs; with 2 booklets of instruction, 2 cross-stitch templates, 6 small cylindrical boxes of coloured wooden mosaic pieces, 3 mosaic tools, two (empty!) glass bottles for mastic and varnish and a small wooden frame for the laying down of mosaic.

Mosaic sampler box for the Paris Exposition

A charming sampler box with tools and template frame for craft mosaic, prepared for the Paris Exposition of 1855.

A charming sampler box with tools and template frame for craft mosaic, prepared for the Paris Exposition of 1855.

Maison Sajou was founded in 1838 by Jacques-Simon Sajou (1802-1882) and became one of the leading suppliers in France for embroidery, tapestry and sewing as well as printing the women's journal Guide Sajou. He was the first in France to print embroidery pattern charts on a large scale and his album editions earned him many awards and honours during the great industrial and Universal exhibitions. The Sajou albums were edited in a series of formats and colours, each having an identifying number.

This sampler box dates from 1855 when Sajou occupied a shop at the Rue de Rambuteau, employing over 250 people and the enclosed samplers (one featuring a brightly-coloured parrot, perhaps derived from voyage art) are emblazoned with the medallion for commerce from the 1855 Paris Exposition. Maison Sajou survived in various forms until the 1950s, re-launched in 2004 in a premises in Paris by Frédérique Crestin-Billet.

Price (AUD): $245.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504623

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