French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson - mosaic binding 1752

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A 1752 Almanach Royal decorated by Pierre-Paul Dubuisson,
arms and monogram of the King of Spain Fernando VI.

PR. Real Biblioteca | PAS/ARM3/47 | Olim: VIII-E-5

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Fortunately there are a few easily recognizable gold tooled imprints surrounding the hand painted centerpiece with mica covering, otherwise it would be difficult to prove with certainty, the identity of the artist who decorated this binding. We see then a departure in style from the previous year with a minimum usage of the old favorite tools. There is here, the minutious use of some very small tools to embellish floral motifs created with inlaid leather rather than with entire larger tools. There is an enormous amount of work in this compared with the usual gold tooled dentelle, as well an open sense of creativity. No real predefined way to do things, there is symmetry but a lot of abstraction mixed in... almost like going into the artist's workshop and asking him what he is going to do today on this new binding he about to embark upon and him replying "well... I am really not sure." This kind of thing takes more time and it is hard to know when the piece is actually fininshed, or maybe you just might add a few more little details. This kind of binding is a world apart from the usual dentelle of the same period. Louis-François Lemonnier seems to have specialized in this type of thing and especially on the cream colored leathers. Probably the part of this binding that is unmistakably Dubuisson are the heraldic elements in which he was a true specialist. He has taken the various elements out of the arms of the King of Spain Fernando VI and added them as separate small cartouches in the corners as well as painting them into the background of the arms themselves in the centerpiece, each protected by a covering of mica. Again this takes an enormous amount of creativity and time. Today when we are so used to machine made articles we do not appreciate the amount of talent and time required to create such miniture hand painted one of a kind masterpieces.

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1752 Dubuisson mosaic

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Comparative Diagram 1- 1752 Almanach Royal imprints.

On the next page we are going to see another huge departure in style, one that will last for decades and herald a new era in French decorative bookbinding.

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see below links to previous work

Atelier I B 31/10/2014

Icons of the Renaissance 06/02/2014

Atelier au trefle 22/12/2014

Atelier Royal 1518 - 1524 09/11/2014

Unraveling G. D. Hobson's book on fanfares 27/11/2014

16c fanfare on eBay 23/11/2014

another Padeloup binding on eBay 07/12/2014

the last Padeloup fanfare?

Rare Padeloup binding on eBay 15/11/2014

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson's work attributed to Derone le jeune 23/10/2014 (unfinished work now finished)

Pierre-Paul Dubuisson's work attributed to Douceur 22/10/2014 (an under contruction page finished at last)

Louis-Marie Michon - the 1956 Disaster 19/10/2014 (an unfinished page finished at last)

Louis XII Dolphins motif 03/02/2014

Aristophanes Binder 1543 02/02/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - Atlas Catalan 12/01/2014

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Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Chronology 16/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Inventory - binding No. 29 19/01/2014

Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Inventory - binding No. 39 19/01/2014

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Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - The Simon Vostre fiasco 18/01/2014

L'Atelier Simon Vostre 1486-1521 01/01/2014

L'Atelier de Pierre Roffet 1511-1533 - TOOL CATALOGUE 26/01/2014

L'Atelier de Pierre Roffet 1511-1533 27/12/2013

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Fleur-de-lis Binder 1525-1540 27/11/2013

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Atelier Jean Picard 1538-1547

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Salel Binder 1540 17/11/2013

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Atelier du Maitre Doreur 1622-1638

Atelier Antoine Ruette 1638-1669

Atelier des Caumartin 1652-1715

Atelier de Charenton 1670-1685

Atelier Luc-Antoine Boyet 1685-1733

Atelier Antoine-Michel Padeloup. dit Le Jeune 1685-1758

Atelier Louis Douceur 1721-1769

Atelier Pierre-Paul Dubuisson 1746-1762

Atelier Nicolas-Denis Derome, dit Derome le Jeune 1761-1788

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A word of Caution

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