Academic thesis

Mila Moschik: The memorial album by Karl von Holtei (1798–1880): Material technology, design principles and conservation strategies with a focus on business cards and luxury papers Back
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Abstract: The widely traveled theater director and writer Karl Holtei (1798–1880 Breslau) united in one album over 2300 paper-memorabilia including prints, written material and printed documents of everyday life from about 1820 to 1865. A large number of different printing- and photo techniques as well as luxury papers are identified and provide an insight into the diverse paper culture of the Biedermeier period.
Based on an inventory and damage assessment from the seminar work, the album and endangered individual objects are restored. A collection of over 800 business cards is taken as a starting point to analyze technology, application, damages and the importance of primed papers from this period. The focus is on coated papers. The history, specific needs and uses of business cards are addressed, which are playing a significant role in the understanding of their manufacturing technology and state of preservation.


Keywords: luxury paper, coated paper, lead white, business card, album
  • academic institution: Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  o.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dipl.Ing. Wolfgang Baatz
  • assistant Tutor:  Dr. Mag. Eyb-Green
  • date:  2013
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  191
  • pictures:  200

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