The decorative arts on paper at Ursus Books

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

A charming array of original prints and watercolors from rare design books and folios is currently on view at the print gallery of Ursus Books in Manhattan in the exhibition The Decorative Arts on Paper.  Ranging from early works such as Thomas Sheraton’s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book and Ackermann’s Repository of Arts to designs for art deco fabrics and wallcoverings by Edouard Benedictus and George Darcy, Ursus’s selections are sure to appeal to almost any aesthetic, and with prices between $125 and $12,000 apiece, both budding collectors and print connoisseurs can be appeased. One of our favorites is a hand-colored lithograph depicting a cheery design for a family sitting room that comes from Désiré Guilmard’s Le Garde-Meuble, Ancien et Moderne from about 1830 (shown above). More highlights from the exhibition, which remains on view through February 1, can be found in the slideshow below, and all of the works are available online at