A ‘Pantone’ book – from 1692


Pantone bookThe Pantone Colour Guide revolutionised the design industry in the 1960s, but a historian has recently discovered its antique equivalent, predating the Guide by 271 years.

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau’, found by Erik Kwakkel, consists of almost eight hundred pages detailing how to mix watercolours.

Painstakingly completed by hand by an artist known only as A. Boogert, the book bears an incredible resemblance to the layout of Pantone colours, with carefully painted squares of colour demonstrating the mix of water and paint.

Take a look at the whole book here and let us know what you think of the extraordinary discovery.

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One Response to A ‘Pantone’ book – from 1692

  1. For some reason I couldn’t access the book, but never mind – it’s still amazing to see the pic you posted and to know there have been colour lovers from a very long time ago!

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