Choosing Keeping x J Jeffery Dutch Flowered Notebook, Italian Rose


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Introducing our range of handmade paper notebooks featuring exquisite detailed covers by J Jeffery, 20th century reproductions of little known 18th century historical papers sometimes known as Dutch Flowered or Dutch gilt. 

Dutch gilt papers (a misnomer as these were in fact primarily made in Germany and Italy, but possibly imported through Holland acquiring their name) were made combining stencilling, woodcut or engraving and gold or silver gilding imitating the effects of damask and brocades in fabric. 

Not unlike dominoté papers, gilt papers were used as temporary covers for books or as end papers and are the precursors to wallpaper. 

It is difficult to give sense of the amount of work that goes into each of these amazing papers. Indeed each paper pattern has been created from tiny original samples a small as a candy wrapper, or copied (and adapted) from poorly reproduced black and white photographs found in books on the subject of historical papers. Each pattern is a new original artwork drawn and handcut meticulously over the course of months at a time and then printed on genuine so-called printers waste dated to the 18th. 

Inside there is a generous 180 pages of handmade white deckled edge paper, suitable for many mediums including watercolour. 

Dimensions: 12 x 18 cm approx. 
Each notebook is handmade in everyway, covers taken from a possibly different part of the paper sheet and so each notebook will vary and is completely unique. 

Here pictured two examples of historical papers courtesy of Rhode Island School of Design Museum (German, circa 1780 and Italian circa 1770 respectively).