Atelier Les Associé (s)
Signed "A Paris chez les Associé n°97", this domino board dated from 1750 represents carnations and leaves on a dotted background. Originally, black patterns were printed with engraved wooden-boards and colors applied with a stencil. To give life and modernity to this beautiful domino sheet from the mid-18th century, our workshops carried out a long digital restoration.
Patterns are printed on light ivory 300g vellum paper (stiff), format A3. The boards are sold in sets of 3, they cannot be purchased individually.
Collection of Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
Photographic credit: @MAD Paris/ Jean Tholance
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On domino papers, the mention "A Paris chez les Associé » followed by a number is frequent. But the identity of this or these manufacturers remains a mystery. Installed rue Saint-Jacques in Paris and active from 1758 to 1778, was this Parisian workshop really Parisian or rather a group of domino manufacturers from Orleans who found this trick to escape Parisian taxes and sell their goods more easily in the capital?
The original design which is kept in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris is made with simple and limited colors. In this sense, it is very representative of domino papers. Indeed, the printing with engraved wooden-blocks was done in black, blue or red, while the stenciling was done most often using blue and / or red possibly declined in yellow or green…
Domino papers can be identified by their signature: positioned on the bottom of the sheet, it generally indicated the name of the manufacturer, its city as well as the number of the board. Thus, in the case of this design, it was indicated "A Paris chez les Associé, n ° 97". For other Domino manufacturers, we will find for example the signatures "In Orléans at Perdoux","In Avignon at Sevestre Leblond", "In Orléans at Jean-Baptiste Letourmy"...