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THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT

French Papers | Print No31

£115.00

THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT

French Papers | Print No31

£115.00

An original hand-made paper print.

Pattern title: 'Colonne' - this special design is a re-issue from Valérie Hubert's collection

Inspired by an original 18th century 'domino' wallpaper design held within the studio archive of Antoinette Poisson in Paris (read the story below)

Printing process: This design has one colour print, with four hand painted colours

Paper: A French Master of the Arts makes this exceptional quality paper from 'old rags 'with the same technique used in the 18th Century. To make domino paper each sheet of paper is blocked printed and coloured by hand using stencil.

Print Dimension: 44 CM X 36.5 CM

Available in three frame choices:

Oak (with mount)

White Wood (with mount)

Black Wood (with mount)

Read about our framing workshop here:

THE STORY

In a beautiful workshop in Paris, three trained paper conservators, Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly and Jean-Baptiste Martin, came together to form “A Paris chez Antoinette Poisson” in honour of Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour - patron of the arts and wallpaper enthusiast.

Rediscovering a method of printing wallpaper not seen in practice since before the French Revolution the three artisans were working as freelance restorers when a project in the Auvergne called for an eighteenth-century 'domino' paper to be reproduced. Domino papers were the first real wallpapers and are distinguishable by their unusual size.

 

During the Age of the Enlightenment in France, the dominotiers’ guild printed ornate motifs on 35 x 45 cm paper sheets using engraved plates and applying colour with stencils. These decorative sheets of paper were called “dominos”

Coffers, furniture or boxes were lined with domino paper, the ancestor of wallpaper. Small rooms such as corridors or alcoves were also adorned with domino paper. A popular use of domino paper was the binding of paperback books and these books are today the most frequent illustration of a craft which disappeared at the end of the 18th century.

These hand-made papers are used to make the most beautiful prints, notebooks, journals and little canvas card wallets - each one hand-printed and bound in their Paris studio.