Sajou albums and books

You will find here re-editions of albums which made Monsieur Sajou famous in the 19th century. Jacques-simon Sajou (1802-1882) was the first person in France to print embroidery pattern charts on a large scale. Until then they were only available in watercolour versions, inaccessible for most budgets. His album editions earned him many awards and honours during the great industrial and Universal exhibitions. The Sajou albums were edited by seris of formats and colours, each having an identifying number. However, sometimes identical patterns could be found in albums with different numbers and, quite the opposite, different patterns could be found in albums with the same number. One question we are often asked – how can we tell the age of the old Sajou albums? It is very difficult, as there were many different editions over many decades. However, there is a way to identify them by the address on the cover page. You can find all the explanations in Madame Sajou’s Diary in the article about the history of Maison Sajou.

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