Sketch block cover
Overall: 10 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (25.9 x 18.1 cm)
Firm was not organized as F. W. Devoe & Co. until 1864. In 1869 F.W. Devoe opened factory in Chicago and subsequently labels included both NY and Chicago. This must then be before 1869. This likely dates to between 1864 and 1869.
Layered paper board, with white paper back. Outside layered with sheet of red marbled paper, covered with black, stippled, adhesive paper. White label with red ruled line. Label: "IMPROVED/SOLID SKETCH BLOCK/MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS OF/ART MATERIALS/BOOKS ON ART/F.W.DEVOE & CO./NEW YORK./[IN TRIANGLE] D and 1852; [below triangle] Trade Mark./This Sketch Block consists of a number of sheets of paper, compressed so as to form an apparent solid substance, each sheet of which can be separated by the introduction of a pen-knife at the space left on the edge of the block, and passing it around, care being taken to insert the knife beneath one leaf at a time."
According to the accession records, this tabouret was used by Asher B. Durand, an artist and engraver best known for his Hudson River school paintings.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
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