Exceptionally well-preserved

Brokatpapier [gilt-printed paper]

One large, unique, gilt-embossed sheet.

Published 1780
Item ID 77974

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[Augsburg, probably J. C. Munck, ca. 1780]. An oblong folio sheet of orange/terracotta painted wove paper, printed in gilt. (35.1 x 43.1 cm; printed area 29.7 x 34.8 cm, i.e., with ample margins). Loose, as issued.

A finely printed and exceptionally well-preserved embossed brocade paper sheet, known in German as Brokatpapier, or Goldfirnishdruck (after the printing method). It is a special type of Buntpapier (German), or papier dominoté (French). It was probably meant as endpaper for folio-sized books, and show a symmetrical pattern of arabesques filled with stylized flowers, leaves, and seeds. This is almost certainly the work of the Augsburger printer Johann Carl Munck (1750-1794), known for his prints with floral patterns. The name of his firm, however, is not included - they may be proof prints. The edges are uncut, as issued, resulting in very wide margins. Upper gilt border not entire, small spot to lower left corner. A weak, vertical fold, as usual; otherwise very fine, the printing very fresh and strong, which is highly unusual.

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