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Simon Lissim Papers

Collector:
Lissim, Simon, 1900-1981  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Names:
Carl Sorensen & Son  Search this
Castleton China, Inc.  Search this
City University of New York. City College  Search this
Claude Boulme, Inc.  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Georg Jensen, Inc.  Search this
Jonals & Co.  Search this
Lenox China (Firm)  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Boulme, Claude  Search this
Donor:
Dee, Elaine Evans  Search this
Author:
Philip, Prince, consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1921-  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photostats
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Correspondence
Contracts
Drawings
Photographs
Slides
Catalogs
Brochures
Invoices
Press releases
Date:
1924 - 1981
Scope and Contents:
This collection covers the period 1924-81 and consists of exhibition catalogs, correspondence, photographs, slides, drawings, photostats, contracts, book proofs, and related biographical material on Lissim. Extensive material on the designer's work for the Sevres porcelain factory includes correspondence, original contracts, photographs of porcelains and designs for porcelains, slides, drawings, and invoices.

Most of the material relating to Sevres is in French. A copy of the brochure for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, 1925, is included, which features many of his designs. Also included are his designs for commencement caps and gowns, and other related ephemera for the City University of New York's City College.

The collection contains a mock-up of his 1952 publication, "How to be an Artist", which describes different techniques and how to apply them to greeting cards, porcelains, and textiles. Copies of the introduction and biographical sections of his book "An Artist's Interpretation of Nature", published in 1958 are included.

A scrapbook consists of articles, reviews, personal correspondence, press releases, and brochures. Among Lissim's personal correspondence are letters exchanged with Prince Philip of England, an avid collector of his work. Material on Lissim's work for the theater consists of exhibition brochures, correspondence, and lists of institutions in possession of his work. In addition, the collection contains photographs of Lissim's designs for jewelry, flatware, and textiles.
Biographical / Historical:
Porcelain, theater, and metalwork designer. Born, Kiev, Russia, 1900. Lissim left Russia in 1919 and moved to Paris where he resided until 1940. In all of Lissim's designs, his appreciation for nature is apparent in his use of fish, birds, flowers, and other motifs.

In 1921, he began designing scenery and costumes for the Theatre de l'Oeuve in Paris. In 1924, he created his first designs for the Sevres porcelain factory. His relationship with Sevres lasted for more than 40 years and some of his designs are still being produced. His work achieved a gold medal at the 1929 Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Barcelona. Lissim made his first journey to the United States in 1935, and by 1936, his designs for the theater were featured in exhibitions in this country. His porcelains were featured in exhibitions at The Smith College Museum of Art, 1939, and Georg Jensen, Inc., 1941.

Lissim became Head of the Art Education Project at the New York Public Library in 1942. In 1947 he began teaching at the City Univerity of New York's City College campus, where he also designed commencement costumes for the Chancellor, President, and Chief Marshal. In 1952, Lissim became an art consultant for Castleton China, Inc. in New Castle, Pennsylvania. His work was featured in the exhibition, "A Designer's Interpretation of Nature", held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 1953. In 1954, Lissim created his first silver pieces of jewelry and flatware manufactured by Carl Sorensen & Son, Copenhagen, Denmark. In the early 60s, Lissim created three designs for plates that were executed by Claude Boulme. He continued to work and hold exhibitions at his studio in Dobbs Ferry, New York, until his death in 1981.
Related Archival Materials:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Applied Arts Department

A Lenox vase, plates, cups, and saucers. A sterling silver pin, paperweight, and cutlery.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Department of Drawings and Prints

Designs for plates, vases, and other porcelain pieces, silver cutlery, stage designs, playing cards, and greeting cards. Drawings of commencement robes, a gavel, and a mace designed for City College. Poster for the Musée Céramique de Sévres.

Additional archival materials can be found at The New York Public Library, Theater Division; City University of New York, City College Archives; and Columbia University Libraries, Bakhmeteff Archive, New York City.

Porcelains designed by Lissim are in the collections of the following museums: Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; and The Museum of the City of New York, New York City, among others.
Provenance:
These materials were donated to Cooper-Hewitt by the museum's former Curator of Drawings and Prints, Elaine Evans Dee, in 1996. Transferred to the Archives Center in 2012.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Theater designers  Search this
Theater design -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Porcelain design -- History -- 20th century -- France  Search this
Designers -- Porcelain  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photostats
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Correspondence
Contracts
Drawings
Photographs -- 20th century
Slides
Catalogs
Brochures
Invoices
Press releases
Citation:
Simon Lissim Papers, 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1276
See more items in:
Simon Lissim Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1276

Manufacture Nationale de Sevres Archives

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Product Design and Decorative Arts Department  Search this
Container:
Box 22 of 26
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024. Boxes 3-4, 6-8, and 22-23 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 10/4/1994 memorandum, Kirby to Watkins; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-175, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Product Design and Decorative Arts Department, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 22
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa09-175-refidd1e7194

Folder 46 A Royal Gift: The 1826 Porcelain Jewel Cabinet, 05/17/1994-01/22/1995, Manufacture Nationale de Sevres

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 12 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-123, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
See more items in:
Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
Loan Files (Incoming Loans) / Box 12
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa06-123-refidd1e8508

Artists and Designers - Manufacture Nationale des Sevres

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Department of Applied Arts and Industrial Design  Search this
Container:
Box 11 of 21
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-170, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Department of Applied Arts and Industrial Design, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 11
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-170-refidd1e4459

Auguste Rodin, céramiste. Héliotypies de Léon Marotte

Author:
Marx, Roger 1859-1913  Search this
Subject:
Rodin, Auguste 1840-1917  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. 18 plates
Type:
Books
Date:
1907
Call number:
NK.4210.R6M3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644561

Keramická tvorba z Manufaktúry v Sevres od roku 1900 po súčasnosť : Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Mirbachov palác, 14. júl - 1. november 2009 = Manufacture de Sevres, créations céramiques de 1900 a nos jours / [Florence Slitine, Laurence Maynier]

Title:
Manufacture de Sevres, créations céramiques de 1900 a nos jours
Editor:
Maynier, Laurence  Search this
Slitine, Florence  Search this
Author:
Galéria mesta Bratislavy  Search this
Subject:
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Physical description:
35 pages ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Se̓vres
Date:
2009
Topic:
Sèvres porcelain  Search this
Porcelain, French  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047853

Porcelaines de Sèvres au XXe siecle

Author:
Musée national de céramique (France)  Search this
Subject:
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Physical description:
131 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Porcelain, French  Search this
Call number:
NK4390 .P83 1987
NK4390.P83 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_338325

La porcelaine tendre de Sèvres par Édouard Garnier ; 50 planches reproduisant 250 motifs en aquarelle d'après les originaux ; avec une notice historique

Title:
Porcelaine de Sèrves
Author:
Garnier, Edouard 1840-1903,  Search this
Former owner:
Syz, Hans C. DSI  Search this
Subject:
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Physical description:
[2], 4, 31, [2] pages, 50 leaves of plates illustrations (some color) 44 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Sèvres
Date:
1889
1891
18th century
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Porcelain, French  Search this
Sèvres porcelain  Search this
Call number:
NK4390 .G37 1889
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1015544

Le biscuit de Sèvres recueil des modèles de la manufacture de Sèvres au XVIIIe siècle publié par Émile Bourgeois et Geo. Lechevallier-Chevignard

Title:
Ouvrage publié sous le patronage du Ministère de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres : biscuits du XVIIIme siècle
Biscuits de Sèvres
Author:
Bourgeois, Émile 1857-1934  Search this
Author:
Lechevallier-Chevignard, Georges 1878-1945  Search this
Musée national de céramique (France)  Search this
Former owner:
Syz, Hans C. DSI  Search this
Subject:
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
[21] pages, 56 leaves of plates chiefly illustrations (phototypes) 23 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Sèvres
Frankrike
Date:
1800-talet
Topic:
Art objects, French  Search this
Biscuit ware  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Decorative arts, French  Search this
Porcelain figures  Search this
Pottery, French  Search this
Sèvres porcelain  Search this
Keramik  Search this
Call number:
NK4390 .B68 1914 folio
NK4390 .B68 1914 folio
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016050

Catalogue of an important collection of old Sevres porcelain Louis XV and Louis XVI period, belonging to E.M. Hodgkins, Paris

Title:
Old Sevres porcelain
Author:
Hodgkins, E. M  Search this
Author:
J., S  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres  Search this
Former owner:
Syz, Hans C. DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hodgkins, E. M Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[6] pages, [19] leaves, [37] leaves of plates chiefly illustrations 25 x 33 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1900
1990
Topic:
Sèvres porcelain  Search this
Sèvres porcelain--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK4390 .H68 1910
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016054

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4261]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390633

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4262]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390634

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4263]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390635

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4264]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390636

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4265]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390637

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4266]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390638

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4267]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390639

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4268]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390640

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
10 x 8;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4269]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390641

Sevres Porcelain

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
Manufacture nationale de Sévres  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
1886
Circa 1886
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-4270]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_390642

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