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Keywords:

  • pigment;
  • wallpaper;
  • blue;
  • green;
  • red;
  • yellow;
  • black

Abstract

A rare 18th century wallpaper depicting a basket of flowers has been recently discovered in the building where Buffon, the famous French Naturalist, had established his Library and written a large part of its ‘Histoire Naturelle’. The wallpaper fragments were analysed and some pigments identified: gypsum, calcite, carbon black, vermilion and lapis lazuli; a blue/green organic compound was seemingly used to dye the paper. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.