It's no big news that everyone in interiors loves the color blue and the color in antique and vintage blueprints are examples of the best saturated blue shade you can find. (In my opinion).
In 1861 Alphonse Louis Poitevin, a French chemist, found that a chemical, ferro-gallate is light sensitive. Light turns this solution to an insoluble permanent blue. A coating of this chemical on a paper is used to reproduce an image from a printed document. The coating is first yellow. It is clamped under glass and framed. The frame is placed under ultra-violet light and the coating converts to a stable blue. The image can be seen forming and the blueprint is complete, the drawing remains white and easier to see and also easier to copy AND a gorgeous blue!
It is no surprise to me this first became popular in France. The vintage and antique blueprints make wonderful artwork. Because of the multistep process and detailed art in itself this blueprint technique is no longer used . Having an original blueprint is an historical treasure and great conversation piece in your home or office.
Gorgeous in both traditional and transitional decor.
I chose a lighter frame as above for the collection I have but also a darker frame is available.
They add color and interest in the library or study also.
Available in the shop for $245.00 ea. the ones above of machine diagrams measure h 31 w 41.
I have others in different sizes, please EMAIL ME with questions.
On another note I was at the Brimfield flea market last week. Yes, that's me, below, cruising the fields on my new ride my husband picked up for me for $20.00.
Sooooo romantic :( Just kidding he's a sweetie.
Anyway, I rounded a corner and came upon this horrific site, below! Reproductions are out in BIG numbers, they might as well have a catalogue.
Everyone knows we have to watch out for the reproductions of treasured antique pieces but I had never seen it in this amount. (Everything changes) Antique giltwood letters are expensive and I have found some in France on occasion but can you believe this??(GASP!)
I love when Restoration Hardware calls something 19th century without the "inspired" word attached. Think about it! There's no 19th century inventory of the same item to supply to the masses. Next time you receive their catalogue / encyclopedia check out some of the descriptions. You will have a chuckle how misleading they are. Great photos and display, though. And their photographer is a genius with all those smoke and mirrors recreating old.....okay, no more ranting from me.
Of course these letters are mass produced. Isn't there the value in displaying a REAL letter that was once used as signage? Does it feel just as good hanging something mass produced? Sign up for my blog HERE and let us all know your thoughts.
Oh dear :(
The store is FULL of great artwork AND lots of furniture is on sale right now including floor samples from Donna Donaldson and upholstered headboards from AHome. Our small side window continues to inspire with our GET THE LOOK feature. Stop by and let us help you recreate the featured design. I'm excited to welcome a terrific new farmers market right on our street starting the end of June. (my grocery shopping right at my doorstep!) Summit has really turned into the gastronomic AND home decor destination. Hope to see you! I hope you are planning a great weekend.... I'm off to the beach. Check out NEW FINDS HERE.
In my next blog I'll have pics of gifts for Dads and your kids terrific teachers ......
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Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan
12 Beechwood Road Summit, NJ