[PAPER] REMONDINI. ~ Original Remondini Papers.
7 sheets of original Remondini paper in 4 different patterns.
1. 2 full sheets decorated with Ramage floral pattern woodcuts printed in green on red hand coloured paper. The paper was then coloured one more time with white. 429 x 338 mms. Late 18th century. 2 full sheets decorated with floral wood cuts on brown hand coloured paper. 429 x 338 mms. The paper has been buffed up with Agate and wax to make it more resistant and glossy. Late 18th century.
2. 2 full sheets decorated with ribbon pattern woodcuts printed in black on green paper. 471 x 375 mms. Late 18th century.
3. One full sheet decorated with floral woodcuts printed in black on green paper. 459 x 374 mms. Late 18th century.
4. 2 full sheets decorated with Ramage floral and bird pattern woodcuts printed in white on black handcoloured paper, then hand coloured again in white and buffed up with Agate and wax. 457 x 357 mms. Early 19th century.
Remondini papers were used to bind books or decorate furniture so finding a sample of full size paper is extremely rare.
The Remondini Press was based in Bassano del Grappa close to Padua in the founder’s 17th century home, Casa Remondini with the paper factories in Oliero, a small town in the nearby countryside. Everyday the paper was carried by mule to Bassano to be printed. The papers began to produce these papers in the 18th century, around 1738, and soom became the most important press. In printing the paper, Remondini used wood blocks with dimensions of approx. 35 x 40 cms.
The papers became famous in Italy, Europe, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and America. The papers were used to bind books of decorate furniture, for instance La Fenice in Venice was decorated with Remonidini Papers in 1792.
These superb examples were bought privately from a family in Padua who had the papers since the 19th century.