[ n.p. n.d., ca. 1900]. With fifteen full-page weaving samples in white and light blue paper. No text. Some darkening along edges of covers. Accordion-fold pages. Clean and bright internally. Very good. Original dark blue pebbled cloth with gilt title. 5 in. x 8 in.  ff. Item #17047
Froebel (1782-1852), the German educationist, is well known for inventing the concept of the kindergarten. In the 1840s, he devised the idea of twenty occupational “gifts” for children, including Number 14, Paper Weaving. Many albums like this one were compiled in the nineteenth-century as teaching aids for the use of kindergartens in Europe and America. With their intricate patterns, albums of this sort have been seen as precursors of the abstract design movement in art of the twentieth-century, as personified in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mondrian, Braque, Le Corbusier, Albers, and Fuller.These albums were issued blank (or, in some cases, with printed patterns) for students to fill out with the results of their lessons. Taken together, all the various Gift albums demonstrate the flexibility of Froebel’s curriculum and the way it was reinvented by every individual student — which testifies to the creativity, independence, and innovation that the curriculum cultivated.
The present album collects beautiful and well-executed samples. One interesting sample has been carefully ruled in pencil, either as an attractive ornament on the paper weaving or as guidelines for the next step in the project. Either way, it demonstrates an additional aspect that is not usually found in the papercraft Gift albums.