Engraved Ream Paper Wrapper

M. Colbath drawn in 1833 and H.E. Baldwin engraved ream paper wrapper illustration for the Isaac Flagg paper mill in Exeter, NH.

Then, as now, packaging was an art form, however ephemeral.  Ream papers are a small category in a fragile area of art that is designed to be discarded after its intended use has been fulfilled. However, they are a category that survived their functional stage and developed a serious collecting following.  This example, elaborately designed and in excellent condition, is a prime example of the art form.  It was part of the Phillip Isaacson Collection and was exhibited in the Maine Folk Art Tour exhibition at Bates College in 2008.

The image area itself is 7 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, the paper from the wrapper that was framed is 15 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches, and matted and in its waxed ash frame it measures  23 x 29 inches.

Dealer Peter H. Eaton Antiques, Inc.
Date: 1833
Origin Exeter, NH
Artist/Maker M. Colbath
Measurements unframed 7 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Website http://www.americanfolkpaintings.com
Price 600 net
Contact Peter Eaton, 978-465-1089 or  Peter@PeterEaton.com

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