When we announced the upcoming publication of “l’Art du menuisier: The Book of Plates,” I received an unusual e-mail from Suzanne Ellison, a Lost Art Press contributing editor, researcher and indexer.
“I’m getting out my colored pencils.”
Yup, Suzanne is going to color some of the 384 full-size plates in “The Book of Plates,” which will delight Ted Turner and horrify some scholars (especially when she adds those parrots to the woodlot in plate 4).
To encourage her artistic vandalism endeavor, I sent her a pre-publication proof of the book and she has been making plans and even coloring some of the low-resolution plates.
My favorite so far is a diorama she made using plate 99, which shows the menuisiers fitting out a room with paneling and windows.
“The Book of Plates” is at the printer and is expected in November. It will be available from Lost Art Press and these retailers. The price will be $100 – crayons not included.
— Christopher Schwarz