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An ornamental design resembling a partly unrolled scroll of parchment which was a very common decorative motif. In stylized form it can be seen everywhere from the capital of a column, to a...

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Sotheby's

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Art.

The oldest firm of auctioneers in the world. It was founded by the London bookseller Samuel Baker, whose first recorded auction was in 1744. On his death in 1778, his estate was divided...

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Spanish Forger

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(active c.1900).

Artist described by William Voelkle as ‘one of the most skillful, successful and prolific forgers of all time’. He was first identified by Belle da Costa Greene as...

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Stanley Morison

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Industrial and Commercial Art.

 (1889–1967) English typographical scholar.

Born in Wanstead and largely self-taught, he was saved from life in a bank by a job at The Imprint, which led to work with Meynell ...

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stylus

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Bibliography.

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A writing implement consisting of a small rod with a pointed end for scratching letters on wax‐covered tablets and a blunt end for obliterating them.

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supporters

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In heraldry, supporters are the figures, such as rampant lions or other creatures, that stand holding the sides of a nobleman's armorial shield in an achievement (see achievement).

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tint

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Pale shade produced from a coloured ink by leaving a proportion of the paper unprinted in a pattern of fine lines or dots.

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wash

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A thin, transparent layer of watercolour or diluted ink spread evenly over a fairly broad area of paper and showing no brush marks.

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wove paper

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Was developed in 1755 in order to provide paper with a smoother surface than laid paper. It is made from a tray with the mesh so tightly woven as to leave no marks.

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Yāqūt al-Musta‘ṣimī

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 (d. 1298) The most influential calligrapher in Muslim history.

Born a Christian, he became a slave of al-Musta‘ṣim, the last caliph in Baghdad (d. 1258). Many MSS and leaves bear...

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