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Marbled paper

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Decorative paper usually used as end leaves in printed or blank books. Traditional marbled paper is prepared one sheet at a time, the process beginning with a bath or trough of liquid gum, where colors for the marble pattern are sprinked onto the surface. Turpentine and oil, or gall, is often used as well. Patterns are then made by combing the solution, or by another method that produces the desired design. A sheet of paper is then placed in the bath, the colors in the solution adhere to the paper, and the paper is hung to dry. The process is generally considered to have been invented during the 16th century in the Near East, and soonafter spread to Europe. A variety of individual marbled paper types have been named pertaining to their designs, although recent scholarship has deduced that these names have been arbitrarily used, if not misused, throughout their history.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Odom collection of book endpapers

Identifier: KA-0036-01

William Odom (1884?-1942) attended the New York School of Art (later, Parsons School of Design) around 1909. He returned to teach at Parsons for many years, eventually heading the department of Interior Design, and, in 1930, succeeding Frank Alvah Parsons as president of the school. Odom served in this capacity until his death. The collection consists of Odom's research collection of approximately 300 decorative book endpaper samples.

Dates: before 1942