L'écho des Fantaisies

Grandpierre, Victor) ; Vilmorin, Louise de;

Publication Date: 1947
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60 original silver print photographs by Victor Grandpierre, mounted on bristol boards with rounded, gilt edges. 29 x 22 cm. The images depict somewhat surrealistic arrangements of decorative household objects, each illustrating a poem by Louise de Vilmorin, printed in facsimile of her manuscript. The decorator Victor Grandpierre became best-known for his design for the first Christian Dior boutique, at 30, Avenue Montaigne, which introduced Dior's first collection at about the same time this edition was published. No other collections of his photographs appear to have been published. One of 255 sets. OCLC records only three institutional holdings. The Bristol boards are, inevitably, curled. In the two original portfolio boxes, which are worn. With an autograph letter from Vilmorin dated Dec. 31, 1947 to Germain Lecureur*, business partner of her brothers. *From the Yad Vashem web site "At the beginning of World War II, the seven members of the Meller family, originally Polish Jews, were living in Blanc-Mesnil, near Paris. Blanc-Mesnil was very close to the Drancy camp, where French Jews were taken, pending deportation to the east. From their house, the Mellers watched the construction of the fence of this infamous detention camp. M. Meller, a loyal and skilled flourmill technician, worked for two French brothers, Germain and Camille Lecureur, who valued and befriended him. Meller was also on good terms with the de Vilmorin brothers, the Lecureurs' partners. In August 1942, when the Lecureurs discovered an impending police roundup of Jews in the Blanc-Mesnil area, they feared that the Mellers would be arrested and deported. They moved the husband, wife, and three of their children to Verrières-le-Buisson, about twenty-five kilometers from Paris, where the de Vilmorins lived. They provided the two oldest Meller boys, aged seventeen and twenty, with forged identity cards and moved them to two farms near Paris, where they worked for seven months, changing residence often because the gendarmes frequently inspected farms. They finally found safe shelter in Verrières. For two years, until the liberation, the Meller family remained in Verrières-le-Buisson, with the assistance of the de Vilmorin brothers. On June 17, 1990, Yad Vashem recognized Germain and Camille Lecureur and Roger and Olivier de Vilmorin as Righteous Among the Nations.". Bookseller Inventory # 28524

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Title: L'écho des Fantaisies

Publication Date: 1947

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Grandpierre, Victor

Edition: First edition.

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