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French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

Luc-Antoine Boyet 1696


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Comparative Diagram 1 - 1696 Boyet palette vs Conihout palette IV (2002)
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The first thing I need to mention is that book spines are very hard to scan with a flat bed scanner, they must be called flat bed due to the fact that they can only scan things that are flat, anything that is not sitting flat on the glass will not be in focus. So I had to resort to a photograph to make the Compartive Diagram above and the scales are approximative. When I first attempted this I noticed some differences that made me think something in our 1696 example was not the same as the Conihout palette IV model. On the previous pages I have mentioned the invaluable reference work by Isabelle de Conihout & Pascal Ract-Madoux, Reliures françaises du XVIIe siècleParis, 2002, wherein they have provided us with a limited inventory of some of the tools that Boyet often used.


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Comparative Diagram 2 - Fers du doreur de Boyet
Reliures françaises du XVIIe siècle,
Isabelle de Conihout & Pascal Ract-Madoux, Paris, 2002) (click to see an enlargement).



When you see that the imprint you are researching does not match the expected model you should always make sure that you have not made a mistake somewhere. I decided to look for some better examples of the Conihout palette IV and found a great example in a recent Sotheby's auction.


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Sothebys 2017 October 20 Paris

Sotheby's Auction Paris, 20th October 2017.




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Comparative Diagram 3, 1696 palette vs Sotheby's example vs Conihout palette IV


Gathering these palettes together on one page and looking for things to line up proved challenging as you can see in Comparative Diagram 3 above. Not only did they not line up there appeared to be some kind of overlapping. Thinking this might be a smaller tool used repeatedly instead of a palette, I decided to test that theory, with a shorter model.


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Comparative Diagram 4, Sotheby's palette IV test.


In Comparative Diagram 4, I noticed that there were two distinct sections (marked with green lines linking the dots) that seemed out of alignnment. Therefore I made a virtual model of what the section might look like. We can see that in this model the first module marked with a green "a" is very clean and sharp in all examples and appears to be the only module with the center petals turned off center in a slightly clockwise rotation (marked with a red line) while the middle module was more or less straight and the third module slightly rotated counterclockwise. All these details seemed to affirm the possibility that this was not a palette but rather a single tool used repeatedly to cover the bottom of the spine in the fashion of a palette.


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Comparative Diagram 5, 1696 palette reconstruction with short segments


Still even with the idea of a smaller tool the arrangement of the 1696 example could not be explained. Finally after some further experimentation I found a solution that would explain why the Conihout palette IV did not match the 1696 palette, the center section has been rotated 180 degrees, this is the only explaination that could explain this arrangement. Thus I am tempted to say that the Conihout palette IV is not exactly as they have defined it, in fact its not really even a palette. When we find better high resolution examples, we can verify this (or not).

On the next page we will look at the 1696 doublure roulette.

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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


Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - Linacre bindings 05/01/2014


Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier c. 1500-1520


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


Atelier des reliures LOUIS XII - FRANÇOIS Ier - The mysterious disappearance of François Tissard d'Amboise 23/01/2014


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


Pierre Roffet - fleur-de-lis binder 28/12/2013


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


Du Saix Master 02/12/2013


Atelier Étienne Roffet 1538-1549 12/12/2013


Atelier Jean Picard 1538-1547


Imitative Binder c.1540 15/12/2013


Salel Binder 1540 17/11/2013


Atelier Ruette 1606-1669 INVENTORY


Atelier Macé Ruette 1606-1644


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


Atelier Jean-Pierre Jubert, 1771-1793?


Atelier MM binder, 1770-179-?





A word of Caution

Even experts are sometimes wrong, before you spend thousands on a book, please do your own research! Just because I say a certain binding can be attributed to le Maitre isn't any kind of guarantee, don't take my word for it, go a step further and get your own proof. In these pages I have provided you with a way of doing just that.

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