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Au Panier Fleuri Inc.

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1905-1922

In 1905, Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt and Constance Parsons opened a shop called Au Panier Fleuri to sell decorative home accessories inspired by the Cooper Union Museum collections and designed by students from the Cooper Union Women’s Art School. Arguably this shop could be called America’s first museum shop.
The shop was a huge success, and after it was sold in 1922, a $20,000 fund was formed to purchase objects for the museum. Named the Au Panier Fleuri Fund, it was used for almost seventy-five years to acquire hundreds of objects, primarily textiles.
Citation
Masinter, Margery. "Meet the Hewitts: Part Fifteen." Cooper Hewitt. Published November 2, 2015. https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2015/11/02/meet-the-hewitts-part-fifteen/

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Au Panier Fleuri Inc. wooden box

 Collection
Identifier: CHC-1975-005
Scope and Contents This collection contains a decorative gold box made by Au Panier Fleuri Inc. in New York, New York, circa 1905 to 1922.