Historic Paint Colors and Palettes

The Cyanometer Is a 225-Year-Old Tool for Measuring the Blueness of the Sky

The Cyanometer Is a 225-Year-Old Tool for Measuring the Blueness of the Sky - Found on thisiscolossal.com

Ignaz Schiffermüller’s system of blues.

From here, Ignaz Schiffermüller’s system of blues. Source: Ignaz Schiffermüller, Versuch eines Farbensystems (Vienna, 1772), plate II. Credit: Photograph © 2002 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

Jacob Christian Schäffer's Natural History Hierarchies. The unmixed or unbroken reds included minium, cochineal, cinnabar, carmine, Kugellack, brazil red, Florentine lake and English red.

Jacob Christian Schäffer's Natural History Hierarchies. The unmixed or unbroken reds included minium, cochineal, cinnabar, carmine, Kugellack, brazil red, Florentine lake and English red. Found on dailypoetics.typepad.com

Victoriana Cast Iron Radiator Colors Seen On Ebay

Victoriana Cast Iron Radiator Paint Colors Seen On ebay.co.uk

Montgomery Ward house paint colors 1915

Montgomery Ward House Paint Colors 1915

100 Diagrams That Changed the World Seen On Brain Pickings Blog

100 Diagrams That Changed the World ,Seen on brainpickings.org

Archives of American Art. Citation Color wheel . Rudolph Schaeffer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Archives of American Art. Citation: Color wheel, Rudolph Schaeffer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution-  Found on aaa.si.edu

Chart of Becoming Colors, Brunette, Taylor System of Color Harmony, Inc. NY, 1924

Chart of Becoming Colors, Brunette, Taylor System of Color Harmony, Inc. NY, 1924

The column on the left suited dark complexions, the center column suited light complexions and the column on the right suited olive complexions.

The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard, Found on gutenberg-e.org

The Color Printer by John Franklin Earhart, 1892

The Color Printer by John Franklin Earhart, 1892

All the original colors for the Herman Miller Eames chairs Seen At Mad For Mid Century Blog

All the original colors for the Herman Miller Eames chairs, Seen at madformidcentury.com

Seroco (Sears) Ready Mixed House Paint from a catalog estimated to date from 1910.

Seroco (Sears) Ready Mixed House Paint from a catalog estimated to date from 1910-

Seen on Pinterest

Colours of Rainbow Key Chart, from ‘Rainbow’ card game, c. 1920

Colors of Rainbow Key Chart, from ‘Rainbow’ card game, c. 1920, Found on 55cards.tumblr.com

n the Victorian era, it was possible to buy ready-mixed paint colors like the ones on this 1871 paint card. Seen On Old House Online

In the Victorian era, it was possible to buy ready-mixed paint colors like the ones on this 1871 paint card. Seen on oldhouseonline.com

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 page book.

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors.   This book was an 800 page book, and explained how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water.   It's contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here. The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)

1807 House Paint colors Seen at Patrick Baty

1807 House Paint Colors-  Found on patrickbaty.co.uk

1807 Distemper Colours

1807 Distemper Colors,  Found on patrickbaty.co.uk

Sherwin Williams Arts & Crafts Historic colors - Interior.

Sherwin Williams Arts & Crafts Historic colors - Interior- sherwin-williams.com

Color Is Pure Emotion - Benjamin Moore & Co

Color Is Pure Emotion - Benjamin Moore & Co

Shingle Stains of 1912

Restoring the Colors of a 1912 Arts & Crafts House: Shingle Stains of 1912, an article on the exterior restoration of a beautiful Arts & Crafts home designed by a Pasadena architect, seen at OldHouseColors.com, a site that provides information on historic paint and stain colors.

Color plate from Robert Ridgway’s 1912 book, Color Standards and Color Nomenclature

Color plate from Robert Ridgway’s 1912 book, Color Standards and Color Nomenclature

Understanding black colors Seen At Westerberg Fine Art

Understanding black colors Seen At Westerberg-Fine Art.com

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