Lot 171: (DESIGN.) FRÖBEL, WILHELM A. (after) / PEDAGOGICAL ART. Classroom workbook for Fröbel''s "System of Gifts."
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (DESIGN.) FRÖBEL, WILHELM A. (after) / PEDAGOGICAL ART. Classroom workbook for Fröbel''s "System of Gifts." Double accordion-folded book containing 90 pages of needlework, pin dot, paper shape & weaving quilting, color theory, and formation exercises comprising string-sewn shapes, woven paper designs, and origami folds and cut pattern designs. 8vo, thick square board portfolio measuring 445x330 mm; 9x7 1/4, gilt-stamped "Class of 1894 L. M. W." on front cover, slits where missing ties were, some wear; a bit of scattered toning and soiling but pages and materials bright and colorful. Np, 1894
Notes: an unsusually full and detailed fröbel workbook. Wilhelm August Fröbel was the pioneer of early childhood education and founder of the first Kindergarten in 1837. These educational notebooks, based on his teaching principles, were used in classrooms as far-ranging as London, Canada, Germany, and the United States. The lessons, known as Fröbel''s "Gifts and Occupations" explore the concepts of shapes and objects (such as paper, string, balls, cubes, lines, points, etc.), known as "gifts" and the ways in which they could be manipulated, which he called "occupations." This particular workbook explores the 12th-15th gifts of sewing, cutting, weaving, and folding and shows a dizzying array of intricate patterns, textures, and colors.