French Decorative Bookbinding - Eighteenth Century

A Dubuisson - dentelle à l'oiseau copied by Derome.

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Comparative Diagram 1 - Dubuisson dentelle à l'oiseau. vs Derome binding (Davis546 British Library).
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Comparative Diagram 2 - Dubuisson imprints vs Derome copies (extracted from Davis546).

On the previous page we have been able to identify a number of Dubuisson's dentelle à l'oiseau bindings, these have, almost invariably, been incorrectly attributed to Derome le jeune, who had hardly begun his career when Dubuisson was near to the end of his. Our research has pointed out the fact that Dubuisson's work pre-dates that of Derome by more than a decade (in some cases nearly two). In Comparative Diagram 1, shown above, I have compared a Dubuisson binding to one from Derome where we can see that Derome went to great pains to copy Dubuisson's tools as well as his dentelle à l'oiseau layout and design. It is little wonder that experts have been mistaking these bindings for centuries. Even today some of the world's most respected "experts" are still unaware of the differences, and continue to blindly attribute Dubuisson's wonderful creations to the lackluster Derome who mearly made copies!

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