Interior of 58 Boulevard Flandrin, Paris, 1906. The Thomas J. Watson Library. Presented by J. Pierpoint Morgan.
Since ancient times, students of design have studied bits and pieces of antique sculpture and architecture and have considered how these fragments can inform our knowledge of the past and further contemporary design.
"For myself, as a decorator, they offer clues of what a whole building or sculpture or decorative object might have looked like and how it was crafted. More importantly, by their incremental nature, they are abstract elements of design that can be interpolated into new creations. To borrow a term from today’s music, they can be “sampled” into a larger design." Designer and scholar, Thomas Jayne