Re: vernis soehnee
Hi Chris !
I'll check next week whether one may still buy le Vernis Soehnée in stores and I'll make you know.
By the way, I had a look at the scanned book you mentioned and there are just a few explanations about the Soehnée process which mainly consists in a way of helping the complete dissolution of resin to make the varnish.
But I was surprised to find no more info about le "Vernis Soehnée" and, following the URL link that you gave in your post, I noticed that you searched for "vernis soehnee" instead of "vernis Soehnée".
And there you get some interesting results; I only mention 2 url but they are plenty (including Demachy's book, of course) :
- the description of the process by Soehmée (1836) at :
http://books.google.com/books?id=uS0GAAAAQAAJ&pg=RA2-PA53&dq=vernis+Soehn%C3%A9e&hl=fr#PRA2-PA56,M1 page 54 and following
-an article in the Bulletin de la Société française de Photographie (1860) about the use of vernis Soehmée in the chapter devoted to : PROCÉDÉ Pour transporter sur papier, sans les retourner, les clichés faits sur verre au collodion ; = process for transfering to paper, without turning them , collodion on glass pictures. at
chapter begins on page 119
Chris, I had a special thought for you, when I noticed in the very long list of items necessary to apply the process the presence of
Un flacon de gomme arabique dissoute, bien blanche, pure et d'une consistance sirupeuse.
Un petit verre pour y mettre la gomme nécessaire à l'opération ' '
Un petit blaireau très-doux pour étendre la gomme
I hope by this indication contribute to feed your passion for gum, to excite your desire for this white, pure and syrupeous matter...
HeHeHe will say Mark ! ;-)
Hope this helps,
Cheers from France
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christina Z. Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2008 5:15 PM
Subject: vernis soehnee
> AHA. Below is the URL that talks about an exhibit of watercolors made by
> Charles-Frederic Soehnee, none other than the famous maker of vernis soehnee
> which the article says is still used. Does anyone from France see it in
> stores today? Apparently he made his fortune on the varnish! I wonder if
> anyone has done a chem analysis of it?
> Also a French book mentioning it on p. 350 that you can download...it is an
> 1844 volume scanned by Google, out of the Harvard Library. You can download
> it to your desktop and check out the couple pages on Soehnee which are pp.
> 350-1 in the book but I think, say, 367 in the PDF. Traite de chimee
> appliquee aux arts.
> Enjoy your read (in French).
> Christina Z. Anderson
> Assistant Professor
> Photo Option Coordinator
> Montana State University