Conference "Watermarked papers of the 1830-1950 period"

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Friday, 8 October, 2021
Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 23:59

The French Association for the History of Paper and Papermakers (AFHEPP) and the Institute of Modern Texts and Manuscripts (ITEM) are jointly organizing a conference devoted to ongoing research on "Watermarked papers of the 1830-1950 period," which will take place in Paris on Friday October 8, 2021. The watermarked papers produced and used during the chosen period have elicited only rare research. There is still a lot to explore concerning the transition between artisanal production and the development of mechanization, the various techniques used to watermark a sheet or the diversity of the papers consumed by writers and artists, whether they are painters, sculptors and/or engravers.

This conference will host, among other presentations, studies on corpus, dedicated to the exploration of the materiality of literary, scholarly or graphic works. In France, there is no directory devoted to watermarks after 1830. In addition to the corpora themselves, what sources should be used to draw up inventories of watermarks from the industrial era, and to identify their producers or sponsors (e.g. company, gallery owner, printer, etc.)? Any in-depth study on paper products carrying watermarks during this period will be admissible.

The work of students and young researchers will be particularly welcome in this conference. Proposals of a maximum of 350 words should be sent to AFHEPP before June 1, 2021, to ATTN: Claude Laroque, Conservator of Prints and Drawings and Senior lecturer at the University Paris-1 Pantheon-Sorbonne at the following email:

The Conference will consist of ten presentations in person or online. The selection committee will give an answer before June 15th.

The content of the Conference will be then published in the conservation literature.