|Title||Vintage 19th c. marbled paper, Romantic pattern |
|Descriptive Notes||Wolfe: Romantic (sometimes he refers to it as Broken)|
Both Wolfe and Miura agree that this pattern has been known historically as Marbre Cassé.
This pattern was created in Germany in the 18th century.
This pattern is created (according to Wolfe) by adding to the ground color, traditionally a ground color (like Cassel earth), a mixture referred to as 'glazing paste.' The exact ingredients for this are not exactly the same between Wolfe and Muira but both agree that it had caustic elements which caused the 'breaking' to occur. Wolfe describes its creation: "Two troughs, both containing tragacanth size, were employed in tandem. After the vein colors had been sprinkled on and the ground color laid onto one trough, the operator shifted to the second trough and repeated the same operation, by which time the pattern on the first trough had broken up." Wolfe is suggesting in this statement that a brief interval was necessary for the reaction to take place. Muira says that the pattern is created when after the first color (which will become the veins) is thrown onto the size, the following colors are thrown after they are mixed with ox gall, tartaric acid, wax and caustic soda. This mixture with the ink would be what caused the breaking up of the ink on the surface of the size.
The primary color for this example is black.
|Collection Notes||This sample is scanned from a book cover.|
The marbled paper covers appears to have been done over the top of a decorative paper, which at certain angles the slightly raised geometric pattern can still be seen.
The book has marbled paper endsheets (Italian pattern in black and red).
|Paper Process/Medium||Surface application papers -- Marbled paper |
|Prominent Pattern Type||Romantic|
|Object Type||Paper;Marbled paper |
|Physical Description||21 x 14.5 cm. |
|References||Wolfe plate XXXII 115-117 (Romantic)|
Muira pg 58 (Gravel)
|Original Source||Becker, G. W. Napoléon dargestellt nach den besten quellen von *r.... Mit 22 stahlstichen nach originalgemälden der berühmtesten maler Frankreichs. Leipzig, C.E. Kollmann, 1838-39. |
|Digital Collection||Decorated and Decorative Paper Collection|
|Digital Image Number||DEP0160 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Binding Collection |
|Reference Number||944.05 B388n v.2 |
|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. |