1.) Alexander CALDER- "A PIECE OF MY WORKSHOP", 1949, silk screen sample mounted on original burlap for catalogue.
2.) Roberto MATTA, "SUN DICE", 1949, silk screen sample mounted on original burlap for catalogue.
3.) Henri MATISSE, "ARBRE en FLEUR", 1949, silk screen sample mounted on original burlap for catalogue.
4.) Joan MIRO, "EL SOL", 1949, silk screen sample mounted on original burlap for catalogue.
A rare complete sample book created by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc. in 1949 to promote an intended limited series of large scrolls by the artists. It seems that the large scrolls (six to ten feet in length and four to six feet wide) were either never completed or produced in exceedingly small numbers.
Although relatively large, (12 x 18 inches including the burlap mount), the silkscreens in this collection are reduced versions of the intended larger scrolls.
Printed on canvas and mounted on burlap the four silkscreens show exquisite depth of color and rich texture. Includes: "A Piece of My Workshop" by Calder; "Arbre en Fleur" by Matisse, "Sun-Dice" by Matta, and "El Sol" by Miro. The Matisse and Miro prints have a small stamp "MS" (for “Mural-Scrolls”, as issued). These works are miniature versions of designs created by Calder, Matta, Matisse, and Miró for inclusion in a collection of four Mural Scrolls produced by the wallpaper company Katzenbach & Warren. The project featured works by Calder, Matisse, Miro, and Matta. The reduced-size "miniatures" were silk screened in the same manner as the full-size product.
Silkscreen printed on a prepared canvas with a very tight weave, each signed in print and mounted along the top edge onto a piece of heavy-weave burlap measuring 11-1/2 x 17-5/8 in. that was bound into the original sample book with spiral wire (included).
Plus scans of the description of the silk-screen process and an explanation of the Mural Scrolls project concept.
Condition: Silkscreens Near MINT, very slight age toning, in storage for seventy years ! Covers have wear.
Reference: Marilyn Oliver Hapgood. Wallpaper and the Artist; From Durer to Warhol. New York: Abbeville Press, 1992. The Katzenbach & Warren Mural Scrolls project is discussed pages 214-217.
-Lois and William Katzenbach. The Practical Book of American Wallpaper. New York; J. B. Lippincott Company, 1954. The authors discuss their company's Mural Scrolls pages 71-72. Although the Matisse work is illustrated with a full-size version photographed in a room setting, it is not certain that these works actually went into production beyond the miniatures assembled in the 1949 sample book.
-The New York Times. February 23, 1949. An article titled Series of Murals for Homes Shown; 4 Designs by Famous Artists to Be Reproduced in Full Scale on Canvas notes that the Katzenbach & Warren project was introduced to the public at the firm's Manhattan showroom the previous day.
Collection: A copy of the 1949 Mural Scrolls sample book is in the collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City.
Provenance: Collection of Bernard Scott, who, along with Dorothy Waterhouse, operated the firm of Waterhouse Wallhangings in Boston for nearly fifty years. Their atelier specialized specialized in providing high-end historical reproduction wallpapers for museums, historical societies, and private homes throughout the US and abroad. Among their clients was the American Wing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.