Helen F. Frazee visual materials collection of decorative designs

Inclusive Dates: 
1893–circa 1922
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Helen F. Frazee visual materials collection of decorative designs include drawings, 6 watercolor drawings, 18 collages, 35 photomechanical prints,  and 4 photographic prints, primarily pencil and ink design drawings on tissue paper for hand painting china by Frazee, who had studios in Chicago's Auditorium and Fine Arts buildings. Included are colored cut paper designs, known as "scherenschnitte" and clippings illustrating painted porcelain. Photographs show finished painted porcelain pieces and one scene of Frazee in her studio. Some designs bear Frazee's stamp, the price and the name of the client.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago designer and porcelain painter Helen Fenton Frazee is also known as A. A. Frazee or Mrs. Abraham A. Frazee. She had studios in Chicago's Auditorium and Fine Arts buildings and was an officer of the Atlan Ceramic Art Club.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Chicago Area Topical Collection on Art—Atlan Ceramic Art Club, Chicago History Museum