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Q: Fireplace Mantle Design ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Fireplace Mantle Design
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: ciggy-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 03 Oct 2005 07:58 PDT
Expires: 02 Nov 2005 06:58 PST
Question ID: 575749
I'm looking for multiple examples of a "Parsons Style" mantle for a
fireplace. I'll pay up to $20.00 for multiple examples of this design
or $2.00/picture.
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Subject: Re: Fireplace Mantle Design
From: fairesavoir-ga on 06 Oct 2005 11:22 PDT

I couldn't find any "Parsons Style" mantlepieces. Only some examples
of tables and chairs at

Perhaps the library archives at New School University will be able to help you.

Kellen Archives Center Collection Information 
The Kellen Archives Center's collections are especially focused around
those subject areas for which Parsons School of Design has
departments, including architectural design, communication design,
fashion design, fine arts, illustration, interior design, photography,
and product design. The holdings take such forms as manuscripts,
photographs, artwork, architectural plans, brochures, posters,
clippings, scrapbooks, cassette tapes, videotapes, and films.
X. Theodore Barber, Archivist
The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives Center
Adam and Sophie Gimbel Library
University Library
2 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
(Voice) 212-229-5942, (Fax) 212-229-2806


Parsons Style furniture, name given to designs from The Parsons School
in Paris. These basic concepts appeared in the late 19th and early
20th century.
( )

Parsons School of Design

"Parsons School of Design was founded in 1896 by the famed
Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase, at which point it was
called the Chase School. Two years later, it became the New York
School of Art, and then, in 1909, its name was lengthened to the New
York School of Fine and Applied Art. Establishing a branch in Paris in
1921, the school became the first in the country to have an overseas
campus. In 1941, the institution was renamed Parsons School of Design
in honor of its former president Frank Alvah Parsons, who was
important in steering the school's development and in shaping
visual-arts education through his theories about linking art and
industry. Parsons School of Design became a division of New School
University in 1970."
( )

"... after founding the school in New York, Frank Alvah Parsons
crossed the Atlantic and expanded into Europe, first, establishing a
research center in London, then an interior and fashion design school
in Florence (neither of which are still in existence). In 1920,
Parsons launched an art and design school in Paris, situated at the
Place des Vosges with 22 students. By 1927, 17 nationalities were
represented among the 217 students, including Austrians, Swedes,
Swiss, Russians and Australians. It was the first American art
institution abroad to provide a formal full time program in the visual
arts. The school was closed during World War II, then reopened first
with a summer abroad program in the late 1970's and then in 1981, at
its present location near the Eiffel Tower, with full time BFA
( )


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