Paperblanks – Softcover Flexis Journals “Baroque Ventaglio – Ventaglio Rosso Kraft” Midi

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The gold-tooled red goatskin book cover that has inspired our Ventaglio Rosso design is a classic example of “a ventaglio” (fan) binding. This technique, popular in Italy beginning from the middle of the fifteenth century, suggests a fusion between the Roman-Gothic elements of the time with Arab “mudejar” art. The geometric compositions, circles, diamonds, crosstrees and knots of this latter style have been created in the gold foiled decorative motif so popular in Italy during this artistic period.

By the end of the sixteenth century such decorations were so popular that the classic frames and negative spaces of Renaissance bindings were almost entirely replaced with this all-covering decoration. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century, from when this Roman binding originates, that the a ventaglio style was fully incorporated as a key element of Baroque artwork. The Baroque period is characterized by passion and grandeur, and the exuberance of the time is nicely tempered with the classical a ventaglio elements used to great effect here. One can see the Eastern influence in the corner filigreed fan which surrounds a quartered rose window.

A few years ago we visited the Restoration Workshop at the Biblioteca Trivulziana in Milan, Italy. We marvelled at the nearly 1500 antique manuscripts that found their home at the library and enjoyed an exhibit curated by famed bookbinder Federico Macchi celebrating six centuries of European bindings. This particular binding, a cover design for Pierre Vidoué Paris’ Horae beatea Virginis Mariae, stood out and we knew it would make a fabulous addition to our Paperblanks collection. The name “Rosso,” meaning “red” in Italian, highlights the sumptuous background colour of the binding and pays tribute to our trip to Italy that led to its discovery.

About this Design

  • Original Art: Book binding
  • Era: Baroque Period
  • Region: Italy

Ventaglio Rosso Kraft - Design Inspiration -

 


Product Information

FORMAT
Midi
SIZE Width: 130mm (5″)
Height: 180mm (7″)
Depth: 20mm (¾”)
INTERIOR Lined
PAGE COUNT 240 Pages
CLOSURE No Closure
COLOUR Red
GSM (PAPER WEIGHT) 100
COVER Softcover
MORE FEATURES
  • Smyth sewn
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Flexible cover and spine
  • Back cover pouch
MATERIALS
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Decorative printed cover paper

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The gold-tooled red goatskin book cover that has inspired our Ventaglio Rosso design is a classic example of “a ventaglio” (fan) binding. This technique, popular in Italy beginning from the middle of the fifteenth century, suggests a fusion between the Roman-Gothic elements of the time with Arab “mudejar” art. The geometric compositions, circles, diamonds, crosstrees and knots of this latter style have been created in the gold foiled decorative motif so popular in Italy during this artistic period.

By the end of the sixteenth century such decorations were so popular that the classic frames and negative spaces of Renaissance bindings were almost entirely replaced with this all-covering decoration. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century, from when this Roman binding originates, that the a ventaglio style was fully incorporated as a key element of Baroque artwork. The Baroque period is characterized by passion and grandeur, and the exuberance of the time is nicely tempered with the classical a ventaglio elements used to great effect here. One can see the Eastern influence in the corner filigreed fan which surrounds a quartered rose window.

A few years ago we visited the Restoration Workshop at the Biblioteca Trivulziana in Milan, Italy. We marvelled at the nearly 1500 antique manuscripts that found their home at the library and enjoyed an exhibit curated by famed bookbinder Federico Macchi celebrating six centuries of European bindings. This particular binding, a cover design for Pierre Vidoué Paris’ Horae beatea Virginis Mariae, stood out and we knew it would make a fabulous addition to our Paperblanks collection. The name “Rosso,” meaning “red” in Italian, highlights the sumptuous background colour of the binding and pays tribute to our trip to Italy that led to its discovery.

About this Design

  • Original Art: Book binding
  • Era: Baroque Period
  • Region: Italy

Ventaglio Rosso Kraft - Design Inspiration -

 


Product Information

FORMAT
Midi
SIZE Width: 130mm (5″)
Height: 180mm (7″)
Depth: 20mm (¾”)
INTERIOR Lined
PAGE COUNT 240 Pages
CLOSURE No Closure
COLOUR Red
GSM (PAPER WEIGHT) 100
COVER Softcover
MORE FEATURES
  • Smyth sewn
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Flexible cover and spine
  • Back cover pouch
MATERIALS
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Decorative printed cover paper

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 24 × 18 × 2 cm
Paperblank Size

SLIM (3¾" x 7"), MINI (3¾" x 5½)
Lined – Wrap – 146 pages, MIDI (5" x 7") – Lined – No Closure – 176 pages, ULTRA (7" x 9") – Lined – No Closure – 176 pages, Grande (8¼" x 11¾") – Unlined – Wrap – 128 pages

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