Thursday, June 5, 2008

Exhibition: Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product

[Sample plate made for Merigot Paints: "Couleurs Terrisse" / Manufactured by Ancienne Manufacture Royale de Limoges / France, ca. 1885
Glazed porcelain / Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment. 2005-11-2 ]

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum is currently hosting an exhibition called Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product. The work in the show is an assortment of sample books and other sampling formats that have been used over the years to market products as diverse as wallcoverings, ribbons, lace as well as prints and drawings, color samples and paint chips.

The work will be on display through September 1, 2008.

[Sample book: A Descriptive Handbook of Modern Watercolor Pigments / Written by J. Scott Taylor / Published by Winsor and Newton, Ltd.
London, England, late 19th century / Hand-painted watercolor on Whatman's drawing paper, printed paper; fabric-covered board
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, ND2430.T24 190 CHMRB]

[Shout out to my father-in-law who recommended this exhibition to us!]

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