Monday, June 1, 2009

Color of the Day - Venetian scarlet

Venetian scarlet, 1797 – There are three kinds of fcarlet, viz. that dyed with kermes, with cochineal, and gum-lac. The firft, called Venetian fcarlet, is leaft bright, but more permanent, and lefs apt to be fpotted than the others; infomuch that in fome pieces of tapeftry done with this at Bruxelles in Flanders, it has fcarce loft any of its vivacity in 200 years. However, it is fcarce ever ufed except for tapeftry,
Encyclopædia Britannica, 1797

excerpt from:
Elephant's Breath and London Smoke
edited by Deb Salisbury
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