|Title||Vintage 19th c. marbled paper, Nonpareil pattern |
|Date||19th century |
|Descriptive Notes||Wolfe and Miura: Nonpareil pattern (non-par-eye).|
The name for this pattern is a French word which translated means ‘matchless' or ‘unrivalled.'
This pattern is related to the Wide comb (Arch) pattern as well as the Old Dutch pattern. All are variations of one another and are often mistaken for each other. The major differences are very difficult to pinpoint, but seem to stem from the size of intervals the last comb's teeth are set in.
This pattern is created when the desired colors are dropped sequentially onto the bath using some sort of implement to regulate the drop sizes. According to Muira a comb with one set of teeth set at intervals of 15-30mm is drawn through the bath horizontally, once in either direction with the second pass halving the first. Then another comb with teeth set at 2-3 mm is drawn once across the bath vertically (or horizontally).
The primary colors for this example are blue, red, black, yellow ochre and white.
|Collection Notes||The flat sample from which this photo was scanned is a salvaged endsheet. There is no record of the original item from which these endsheets were taken. Information regarding creation dates has therefore been estimated (using Wolfe), typically by century.|
|Paper Process/Medium||Surface application papers -- Marbled papers |
|Prominent Pattern Type||Nonpareil|
|Object Type||Paper;Marbled paper |
|Physical Description||21.5 x 13 cm. |
|References||Wolfe Plate XXXV 149|
Muira pgs 92-95
|Digital Collection||Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection|
|Digital Image Number||DEP0145 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Book Arts Collection |
|Reference Number||M-vintage-mp419 |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from an original sample using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at between 550-600 ppi, saved in TIFF, resized, and imported to JPEG 2000. |