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Charnaux

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1933-1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schleger, Hans, born 1889 - died 1976 (artist)
    Charnaux (commissioned by)
    Cockayne & Co., Ltd. (printer)
    Lund Humphries (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress and ? in ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.379-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 42, box B(I)

This catalogue, commissioned between ca. 1933 and 1935 is notable for its high quality of design and production (for others see E.376-1994 to E.381-1994). This reflects the publisher Lund Humphries and manufacturer Charnaux's policies of employing designers and artists of note such as Edward McKnight Kauffer and Man Ray, Hans Schleger and Frank Dobson - the latter was even commissioned to produce a display figure torso in 1933. Publisher Lund Humphries, besides commissioning design work, were also able to provide studio and exhibition space in their new Bedford Square building. In 1934 Lund Humphries held an exhibition of Hans Schleger (Zero), who arrived in England in 1932 from Germany, and became a close friend of McKnight Kauffer. Schleger was to become one of the leading graphic designers in Britain, producing prestigious work for London Transport, GPO, Shell and BP, as well as government war posters.

Physical description

Charnaux corset catalogue, paper back, stapled spine, with a cover designed by Zero (Hans Schleger). The design is in black and white and features a woman's face in Art Deco style, black with the lines of eyebrows, nose and mouth and wavy hair as black and white line highlights. To the right is an image of a corset showing it's lace pattern in white lines, on a model showing the neck to thigh area only. The same image is also printed in pale pink on white background on the inside cover. The 'Charnaux' lettering across the bottom of the front cover is typical Art Deco style in brown and black on white background. The catalogue of twelve pages includes illustrations of a range of corsets with descriptions on every page and care instructions are printed on the inside back cover.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1933-1935 (made)

Artist/maker

Schleger, Hans, born 1889 - died 1976 (artist)
Charnaux (commissioned by)
Cockayne & Co., Ltd. (printer)
Lund Humphries (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress and ? in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

ZERO
Artist signature in image, lower right corner.

charmaux
Lettering across bottom.

Dimensions

Height: 20.3 cm, Width: 17 cm

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1994.

Descriptive line

Charnaux corset catalogue, cover designed by Zero (Hans Schleger); British, ca. 1930-1939.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Photo-lithography; Letterpress printing

Subjects depicted

Corsets; Face

Categories

Advertising; Prints; Fashion

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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