JAN SOBOTA, 2011
CONTES DE MA MERE L’OYE
(LES CONTES DU TEMPS PASSÉ AVEC MORALITÉS)
BIENNALES MONDIALES DE LA RELIURE D’ART
The Sculptural Box Binding is depicting the Chateau de Breteuil, where the author - Charles Perrault lived and worked.
Inspiration for the design of the book-object:
Château de Breteuil is a splendid castle located in the midst of the beautiful and panoramic Chevreuse Valley. It has been owned by Marquis de Breteuil family since its original establishment in the seventeenth century. This Chateau is well noted for its elegant interiors dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Chateau’s majestic brick and stone buildings are also home to a masterpiece of gold work: the magnificent Teschen Table. Also known as the “Table of Europe” it is a stunning piece of furniture decorated with precious stones made by Neuber, a goldsmith at the Court of Dresden. The table was a gift from Maria Theresia, the Queen of Bohemia (1741).
This castle is surrounded by a garden that sprawls over an area of 75 hectares.
The gardens and outbuildings of the Château de Breteuil host seven animated playlets featuring the wonderful characters of Charles Perrault’s tales...Cinderella and her prince, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Donkey Skin and other beloved fairy-tale characters along the walkway, not to mention the 20 richly-costumed Puss-n-Boots figures that dot the scenery.
Book – sculpture contains 13 bindings:
- The regular size book, published by and for the 9th Biennales Mondiales de la Reluire d’Art in France, 2007. French text. Edition of 1000. This has the number 414. The binding is one-of-the-kind.
- 12 miniature books, published by Jan and Jarmila Sobota in the Czech Republic, 2007. English text. Only one edition of each of the 12 books. All are one-of-the-kind bindings.
Book sculpture description:
- Box binding with “Tower” is covered with goatskin and calfskin in 5 colors.
- Book has hologram gold top edge. Laser cut windows with hologram glass and “hollow boxes” containing 12 miniature bindings, covered with grey goatskin, silver stamping and hologram silver edges. Blue silk doublures on the main book have pictures of Charles Perrault and Louis de Breteuil.
- The tower has two levels: first “floor” has wooden stairs and the image of Puss-n-Boots (the image shows actual figure, which is placed in the front of the Château de Breteuil). Second “floor” shows a scene from the castle and the image of the Teschen Table.