Rectangular carton pierre book cover, mid 19th century.

 
Rectangular carton pierre book cover, mid 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

This ornate cover for a book of scriptures and parables is made of a composite material called carton pierre, indicative of the many mouldable compounds developed in the 19th Century. Over time this particular material has become very brittle and fragile.

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