Proof bookplate with original etched copper printing plate by the Birmingham School Arts and Crafts jeweller, modellist and medalist Florence M. Rimmington, desgined for the composer Herman Finck. The bookplate signed in pencil 'Florence M. Rimmington Sculp.' Presented in its original bespoke crushed green morocco case, decorated in gilt and opened with a brass push-button, contained within a chamois leather protective pouch with ties. The printed bookplate is housed in a green velvet mount opposite the etched copper plate, removable for use in reprinting the bookplate, with a green silk cushion separating the two. Also included is a pen and ink design for another bookplate for Finck, probably also by Rimmington, depicting a classically dressed maiden playing a lyre on a balcony. The printed bookplate, the etched copper plate (i.e. the original artwork itself) and the drawing are all in fine condition. The case and pouch have a little wear but are otherwise in very good order.
Florence Rimmington flourished during the first two decades of the twentieth century, most notably producing fine Arts and Crafts jewellery, silver and metalware, and exhibiting at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1905. This commission for the musician and composer Herman Finck, creator of the first ever recorded album of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite (1909) and conductor of the first London stage production of Show Boat (1928) starring Paul Robeson, forms a wonderful example of her skills as an Arts and Crafts designer and metalworker. A very attractive group, beautifully presented, and in extraordinarily good condition.
Stock code: 17688