French Miniatures, 1800-1850 by Sara Morgan
These rare minis come from a special Estate Collection that Sara was lucky enough to view during one of her European excursions. Seeing how special these prints are, Sara knew that she just had to add them to her own collection. The adorable motifs give a glimpse into the history of how textiles ware produced in the first half of the 19th Century.
Prior to 1815, a wood block would have had pins placed in it to create the picotage background in the circular design seen in these lovely delicate prints. The Serpentine print, picotage florals, simple plaid and stripe intertwined with tiny flowers are complimented by the filler prints whichare allover small designs that can read as a solid from a distance, but add texture when viewed close. These would have been roller printed most likely, as they are so tiny.
If a design was popular with the public, it was made in a wider range of ground styles and colors, and variations on the theme. This also facilitated the reuse of an engraved roller. An engraved steel mill dye was used to engrave the roller printer. It was small and worked like a branding iron, allowing one finely engraved dye to be used repeatedly on a softened metal roller. This was a quicker method than engraving each design from hand and became increasingly popular throughout the 1800s.
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