FERRONNERIE ANCIENNE, Musee Le Secq des Tournelles a Rouen - 1924 [2 vols.]


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Ferronnerie Ancienne

Musee Le Secq des Tournelles a Rouen

edited by D'Allemagne

photographs by Henry Rene' 

In French, two volumes.  Paris:  J. Schemit, 1924  

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Burgundy cloth covers have black spine labels with gilt text. 
  • Boards show some wear, smudges, edgewear.  Corners are bumped.  
  • Spines have gilt text on black labels, a little worn, and are darkened with bumped, softened ends.
  • Binding to Volume One, covers are detached.  Volume Two binding is secure.  See photos. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining, smudges, pencil marks. 
  • Illustrations, photographic plates, are clear.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with marginal toning, some smudges.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are a little darkened.  See photos. 
  • PS2023.0920

415 plates. 9.5 x 12.5 inches.

These two volumes catalogue the collection of historic ironwork housed in the Musee Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, opened in 1921 in a deconsecrated Medieval church.

The museum's originality lay in the concept underlying the collection.  Iron can be used to make a greater variety of objects than any other metal.  When hot-worked, it is as malleable as modelling clay; when cooled, it is extraordinarily hard and sturdy.  Iron is thus used for both large items – stair rails, strongboxes and prison bars – and personal objects such as jewellery, lighters, tools and sewing accessories.  It is particularly useful for keys and locks: devices for protecting both gates and the smallest caskets.

The plates that constitute these two volumes document centuries of the art and craft of ironworking.  They come from the library of the workshop pertaining to Samuel Yellin of Philadelphia.   

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