1 folder, 'Art Nouveau Tracing Paper Sketches, Silver Studio and Others', and six loose items brought together as 'Large Art Nouveau Loose Items'. 'Art Nouveau' refers generally to the style of painting, architecture, and the decorative and applied arts that flourished in Europe and the United States from about 1890 to 1910. The style is typically characterised by an emphasis on fluid, undulating, or serpentine lines or contours based on organic forms and the use of modern materials such as iron and glass. Design sketches that carry a number written in red ink, or the letters B.L. or B.G. (meaning 'bought in London' or 'bought in Glasgow') followed by a number, can potentially be cross referenced with STOD/201/1/8/1 'Templeton Register of Designs Bought - Sketches 1897-1915 (1925)'. Numbers written in red ink have been taken to be the Design Number and are catalogued as the Design Title. Most of the designs in this drawer feature letters and numbers in the form 'SK/N 234', or similar, accompanied by a coloured sticky dot, which perhaps refers to a more recently added indexing system.
This description is part of the Design Archive which is divided into the 142 sections, each with its own separate description.