Varese, late c19 or early c20. 20 1/2 x 16. A view of Venice in a gilt frame is surrounded by 4 multicolored bouquets and set against Remondini's trademark blue diaper pattern. Image size 16 1/2 x 13 inches. The sheet bears the same image twice, and is meant to be cut in half.
This was printed by Rizzi from Remondini's original block. Embossed in the margin is "Stampi Remondiniani P E S P." A chip and some toning to the edges. Very g0ood. Item #18277
The Remondini firm, established in 1650, was renowned for its wood & copper block-printed papers. When the firm closed in 1861, 4 noble families rescued about a thousand of the old blocks. They granted Giuseppe Rizzi of Varese (hence the tern "Varese papers") a license to print them--if he used the original methods. The blocks were printed by hand, with a separate block for each color; some were inlaid with metal for more intricate detail. The colors were from vegetable dyes. Such papers carried the embossed stamp (PESP stands for last names of the noblemen). The last Rizzi died in 1939; and the blocks were never used again. Information about the Remondini company is from Tanya Schmoller, Remondini and Rizzi.