Yale Center for British Art
Decalcomania sample book.
Alternate Title(s):
Great Britain, circa 1870.

Physical Description:
2 v. : ill. ; 33 cm.
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Decalcomania is the technique of transferring designs (such as engravings or prints) from specially prepared paper onto a surface, such as ceramics or glass. The process enjoyed its greatest vogue in the late 19th century. An advertisement in the The Belfast News-Letter of 7 February 1863, by George Mason's Berlin Wool and Trimming Warehouse, describes it in this manner: "Decalcomania is the art of of ornamenting, instantaneously, furniture, wood, wax-lights, silks, linen, calico, china, and every description of plaster of Paris, porcelain, alabaster, ivory, paper, paper hangings, tea trays, oilcloth, and all kinds of fancy goods of ceramic substances, by means of designs on paper, and varnishes expressly prepared."
Exhibition History:
" Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower " : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-05-15 - 2014-08-10)

Subject Terms:
Decalcomania -- Great Britain -- Specimens. | Decorative arts -- Great Britain. | Decoration and ornament -- Great Britain -- Catalogs. | Pottery -- Decoration and ornament -- Great Britain. | Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Decalcomania paper. | Decals. | Sample books. | Trade catalogs. | Chromolithographs.