I was reading Jackie Blue Home's blog the other day and she did a story on intaglio, which I love. Yesterday, I stopped by Housewerks Salvage to have a chat and beer with the owners, and to see what's new at the store. I've written about them a couple of times before and their store always has great treasures!
Yesterday, they had a collection of intaglio stones from the early 1900's. Some of the stones were of natural things, and others of people. Intaglio is a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate (in this case, a stone) so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
Some of the stones only had one image on them, and others had a number. Still others had different sections of the same image, so as to lay down different coloured inks. The detail on the stones is extraordinary and to think it was all done by hand, carved into stone is incredible!
Here are some other images from Housewerks yesterday.
Stained glass window and ironwork fence section
Painted glass detail