|Title||Vintage 19th c. marbled paper, Stormont pattern |
|Date||19th century |
|Descriptive Notes||Wolfe and Miura: Stormont |
Muira says that there is a district in Blefast, Nothern Ireland by this name but does not suggest that this is the pattern's place of origin but rather in Dublin in 1750. Wolfe attributes the patterns' creation to the French during the beginning of the 19th century.
This pattern is related to and can be mistaken for the Gloster marble. There are two noticeable differences between the two patterns. One being that the Gloster employs the use of a dispersant mixed with one or more colors which are confined to specific areas whereas in a Stormont the dispersant tends to cover the entire bath. The second and more distinguishing difference is that a Gloster pattern characteristically has a combed base whereas a Stormont would typically have a Turkish base.
This pattern is created starting with a Turkish base. One or more colors would then be mixed with a dispersant, such as turpentine, and thrown onto the bath. These dispersant-mixed colors will appear to be covered with tiny holes. When making this pattern you must work faster than usual to pull the marble because the turpentine will evaporate, closing up this lacy network of holes.
The primary colors for this example are brown and blue.
|Collection Notes||This example is scanned from a book cover.|
This book's text block is dated 1816 however the book has been rebound and is undated. Given the coloring in the marbled paper it is more likely to be from the late 19th century than early.
|Paper Process/Medium||Surface application papers -- Marbled papers |
|Prominent Pattern Type||Stormont|
Alternate pattern name(s): French, Empire
|Object Type||Paper |
|Physical Description||Marbled paper : 17 x 10.5 cm. |
|References||Wolfe plate XXIX 73-84, XXX 85-87|
Muira pgs 56-57
|Original Source||Farquhar, Ferdinand. The relicks of a saint. A right merry tale. By Ferdinand Farquhar. London, T. Tegg, 1816. |
|Digital Collection||Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection|
|Digital Image Number||DEP0236 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Binding Collection |
|Reference Number||827 F239r |