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18th c. Italian Gilt Paper.
Italy, 18th century. A full, unused sheet measuring 15 1/2 x 13. Eight religious figures are printed in gilt on a blue pastepaper ground. In the top row, Joseph (with the Christ child) and Mary are flanked by Jesus and Ecce Homo. Saints Peter, Matthew, Simon, and Sebastian fill the bottom row. Each figure is shown with his traditional iconography. Each is framed by a different archway and border. Some rubbing or flaking of the gilt along the perimeter; but most of the images are quite bright. Matted. These beautiful papers were created in Germany and Italy throughout the 18th century, until about 1820. Earlier papers were used as book covers; later, their use extended to endpapers. The papers were printed either by wood blocks or by engraved metal rollers, which covered the paper with sizing or paste. Gold was dusted onto the size; and, when the size dried, superfluous gold was brushed off. For raised gold, the size was thickened with yellow ochre or red lead. Some were colored by daubing or stenciling after gilding. Full, unused sheets are rare.
      [Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book]
Last Found On: 2017-03-06           Check availability:      Direct From Seller    

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