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A 17th Century Paintbox

Deep in the archive of a French library is a wonderful and unique book.

In 1692, during the heady days of the Dutch Golden Age, a Dutch man created what is possibly the very first colour chart in existence -  almost 300 years before the Pantone Colour Guide was launched.

The Shop Floor Project is excited to have been granted permission to create a limited edition print collection from the pages of this remarkable book.


(Aix-en-Provence, Bibliothèque Méjanes, Ms. 1389 (1228)