Shell, Brown Marbled Paper (early 19th century)
Shell, Brown MARBLED PAPER FROM THE Early 19th century

Shell

Acrylic paint on vellumed paper

The Shell pattern was introduced in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. It is basically a Turkish Spot pattern where the last color has a small amount of oil added to the paint. This results in a gradation of color in the spot, pale at the edges and more dense in the center. The end result gives an impression of depth that can result in some lovely patterns. These papers were very popular, in part because once the technique has been mastered, papers can be produced rapidly. There were several variations of the pattern, including a Shell on Stormont pattern and, less commonly, various combed and stylused patterns such as the fancy pattern illustrated here.

Shell, Brown Marbled Paper (early 19th century)

Shell, Brown

Early 19th century
Shell, Indigo Marbled Paper (early 19th century)

Shell, Indigo

Early 19th century
Shell on Stormont Marbled Paper (early 19th century)

Shell on Stormont

Early 19th century
Fancy Shell Marbled Paper (early 19th century)

Fancy Shell

Early 19th century
Double Shell Marbled Paper (mid 19th century)

Double Shell

Mid 19th century