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Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture
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Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture
Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture
Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture
Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture

Historic Design Portfolio Prints 1939 James Wilfrid Kerr Architecture

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Welcome! Presenting a 1939 portfolio of 16 architectural and design prints by listed artist James Wilfrid Kerr and his wife, Rose Netzorg Kerr, for whom the Rose Netzorg & James Wilfrid Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery at Western Michigan University is named. This portfolio is titled "Historic Design for Modern Use, Medieval, Part 2" and contains sixteen 8 1/2 by 11 inch prints of medieval architectural and design elements, for use in classes in design, history and appreciation of arts, crafts, literature, history and the social studies, at junior and senior high schools, colleges and universities. These prints represent decorative motifs from the medieval period in architecture, Byzantine, Moorish-Arabian and Celtic decor, heraldry, manuscripts, stained glass, textiles, wood carving and wrought iron. This is a fascinating look at design from the past, for use in the present.

This portfolio was orignally published by Fairburn Publishers of Worcester, Massachusetts, Copyright 1939, The Davis Press, Inc. All prints are in gray and black on stiff, almost like thin cardboard, age-toned paper, with some softness at the corners and edges, but in otherwise good condition. The three-fold portfolio cover has discoloration and deterioration at the folds and on some of the paper. The cover has the name of the original owner in handwriting on it and also the original price of $5.00. According to a contact of mine at a New England auction house, these portfolios would be valued today at about $150.00.
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