Pigment identification of a rare 18th century wallpaper from Buffon library

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  • Philippe Colomban

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    1. Laboratoire de Dynamique, Interaction et Réactivité (LADIR) - UMR7075, CNRS, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie UPMC UnivParis 06, 94320 Thiais, France
    • Laboratoire de Dynamique, Interaction et Réactivité (LADIR) - UMR7075, CNRS, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie UPMC UnivParis 06, 2 rue Henry-Dunant, 94320 Thiais, France.
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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.

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