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The collaboration between Devambez and JOB is part of a historic legacy of French excellence dating back to the nineteenth century. The reputation of both houses was built on the quality of their paper. At the legendary Paris World Fair in 1900, Devambez was awarded a gold medal for the quality of its stationery, while JOB had been garnering honors since 1838. Now, more than a century later, The Art of Printing meets The Art of Rolling in an unprecedented partnership in the rolling paper world.
“Goyard: The Art of Travel”, published in a limited edition of 233 by Devambez in 2010 chronicles the birth of luxury through the lens of renowned Parisian trunk-maker Goyard. Prized by collectors, the work is encased in a custom-made Goyard trunk. The paper is made to measure for the book in collaboration with Arches, the oldest paper manufacturer in France, founded in 1492. The book is available for public viewing at the most prestigious libraries around the world; the Bibliothèque National de France, the Bibliothèque du Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Biblioteca degli Uffizi in Florence, the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and many more..
Readers dream of ink, but publishers’ thoughts are made of paper. Throughout history, this eminently sensual medium has been a signifier of power and the material of choice for elevated connections and exchanges.
From money and declarations of war, to document signings and personal stationery; paper is a transmitter of status and authority. The material also carries close associations to knowledge, as in scholarship, literacy, diplomas, and awards of excellence.
Today, the role of paper in our society requires redefinition and Devambez has risen to the task. For this modern-day expression of its storied heritage, Devambez has taken rolling paper to unprecedented levels of prestige. It begins with the finest ingredients and application of the Devambez watermark; the same watermark that was applied by Devambez in the publishing of early editions of Flaubert, Cocteau and Wilde. It is further elevated by our apparatus of elite European craftsmen working in congress to create the most refined smoking experience in the world.
Pierre Loti, La Troisième Jeunesse de Madame Prune, illustrated by Tsugouharu Foujita, 1926
Maurice Magre, Les Belles de nuit, illustrated by Édouard Chimot, 1927
Colette, Mitsou, illustrated by Edgar Chahine, 1930
Devambez the printer crossed paths with the artists and writers of the time: works by illustrious figures including Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Gustave Flaubert and Oscar Wilde were exhibited or published by the Maison. The «livre d’artiste», in vogue in the late nineteenth century, found its natural home there, as Devambez the stationer and engraver had honed a plethora of printing techniques. These outstanding techniques and beautifully executed illustrations by the most reknown illustrators make these literary creations artworks in their own right Much sought-after by bibliophiles, these treasures can be admired today in major libraries and auction rooms.
Devambez is located on the Place Vendôme, the epicenter of the Parisian art de vivre. Its first art book, published in 1908, was entitled Place Vendôme and heralded a series of high-quality editions. Devambez had the distinction of being both being both a gallerist and publisher, using its enlightened curatorial expertise to support modern art from its earliest beginnings. At its Exposition de peinture moderne in 1920, Devambez exhibited works by Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico and others.
Timbrage, Queen Amélie of Portugal's letterhead
Eight timbrages from Devambez registers
The all but forgotten art of stationery survives in the Devambez archives. The maison supplied the crowned heads of Europe, the French presidency, and the Parisian and international elite. Personalizing stationery gives paper the weighty responsibility of embodying an individual, like a portrait commissioned from a painter. The art of the stationery engraver involves crafting letters to suit a particular personality, reflecting the succession of events that make up a person's life. Monograms and coats of arms are the essence of Devambez, appearing on all its nineteenth century stationery.
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