Manuscript/Archive in French

Les fleurs animées: the animated flowers paper doll game

  • Production: approximately 1855.
  • 0.59 Cubic feet (1 full small flat box)
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    MS.0749 Box 1, c. 1
Also known as
  • Animated flowers paper doll game
  • Paper dolls
  • Rewritten from curatorial description: This collection includes a paper costume game complete with one doll in her petticoats; 12 hand colored lithograph outfits each representing a different flower; 9 corresponding hand-colored floral hats and bonnets (3 costumes have integral bonnets) together; with a varnish circular boxwood stand; a hand coloured backdrop; 18 separate pieces of scenery mounted on wooden blocks; including two tier fountain embellished with the three graces and dolphins; 2 statues, 2 urns on pedestals; 2 balustrades with peacocks and hollyhocks; 2 lilac trees, a garden chair, a garden bench and 2 border flowers; a central circular flower beds and urn; and 2 potted plants. This holding also includes the original publisher's richly decorated cardboard box (370 x 260 x 55 mm) with a large pictorial hand-colored, lithographic scene of the "Fleurs Animées" in a landscape on the lid. The box likewise posseses a patterned paper edging and blue patterned edging. The inspiration for this paper doll game is J.J. Grandville's book of caricatures, Les Fleurs Animées. The costumes included in the paper doll set are faithful to Grandville's original designs. The paper doll game is an example of 19th century lithographic printing. It was published by Parisian game publisher Nicolas-Henri Rousseau (active 1845-1864) and lithographed by H. Jannin. (There is little information existing regarding the publisher and lithographer.) The set was likely printed in 1855.
Other information
  • Processing Information: This collection was processed in March 2016 by Annie Tang.
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  • This item was purchased from Marlborough Rare Books in November 2015, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Historical information: J.J. Grandville (1803-1847) was a French cartoonist. His real name was Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard. He published several series of satirical lithographs (Les Plaisirs de toutdge, La Sibylle des salons, Les Metamorphoses du jour, La Vie privée et des animaux publish, Les Cent Proverbes, Un Autre Monde and Les Fleurs animées). Grandville was known for images which gave both animals and wildlife humanlike qualities. He worked for several newspapers of the time. Following the establishment of the censorship of cartoons, in 1835, he illustrated novels like Robinson Crusoe, Don Quixote and Gulliver's Travels, and the fables of La Fontaine. Les Fleurs Animées, known as The Animated Flowers or The Flowers Personified, was Grandville's last work, originally published posthumously in 1847, the year of his death. With its mix of the satirical and poetic, the book is considered to be one of his most supreme achievements. Source:
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 946937585
  • OCLC: 946937585