Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

12th September 2019

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? And, more importantly, who doesn’t love a good party favour? Here’s a fun party favour of sorts we’ve recently stumbled across, and included in our latest e-list: the Hochzeitszeitung, or ‘wedding newspaper’. It is a genre of occasional printing found in German-speaking countries. Normally they are bespoke, something to […]

Leaping Lepidochromy!

Leaping Lepidochromy!

6th September 2019

We have come across some unique things here at Simon Beattie Ltd, but this one is new to us: lepidochromy, i.e., printing with butterflies. Yes, you read that correctly: there is a printing process wherein actual butterflies are ‘printed’. It is a type of transfer illustration, and not dissimilar to other types of ‘nature printing’ […]

Calling all Dutch gilt enthusiasts!

Calling all Dutch gilt enthusiasts!

9th August 2019

With apologies for cross-posting. It has long been recognised that the term ‘Dutch gilt paper’ (for brocade paper/Brokatpapier/papier doré/carta dorata) is a misnomer: such papers were almost exclusively made in southern Germany and northern Italy.  In the past, it has been suggested that the name comes from the fact that they were either imported from […]

Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy

Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy

18th July 2019

As our readers know, Simon has been enjoying putting out a theatre-themed list during the past few summers, and 2019 will be no different…

3 things we learned from #giltypleasures week

3 things we learned from #giltypleasures week

5th July 2019

As some of you have already gleaned from social media, we have been actively indulging our love of brocade paper with the hashtag #giltypleasures and encouraging others to do the same…

Two little block printed gems

Two little block printed gems

5th June 2019

As readers of this blog and members of We Love Endpapers know, Simon is always on the lookout for new and unusual decorated papers. Recently, he came across a fantastic example of Italian block-printed endpapers on a little Armenian book…