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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Ryerson Library Exhibition

An exhibition of particular interest to architects, designers, furniture makers, and decorative artists has been arranged in the historical room of the Ryerson Library and, together with the library’s collection of works on furniture, which is one of the best in the country, has been opened to the public.

The exhibition consists of nearly one hundred and fifty elaborate color reproductions of decorative designs by famous European artists, comprising panels, wall and ceiling designs, rug and carpet patterns, and designs for china and high art furniture.

Special attention has been given in the collection to the various departments of modern ornamentation, the decorative use of landscapes, animal and plant forms of heraldic and allegorical motifs, and of the different conventionalized patterns. The plates are works of art in themselves, so beautifully are they executed. They are from the Dekorative Vorbilder*, the noted German art publication, which was imported recently by the library.

* Note: Several of these furniture folios are still available in the History & Special Collections Dept. of the Grand Rapids Public Library

Evening Press, July 5, 1906, page 7

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