China paper

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Drawing on China paper
MFA# 57.554


Lithograph on China paper
MFA# 60.108

A soft, thin waterleaf Paper made in China from Bamboo fibers. China paper is unsized and very absorbent. It absorbs Ink without smearing and was used for taking impressions of engravings and wood cuts. China paper is also called Indian proof paper; it is not the same as India paper (i.e. Bible paper).

Synonyms and Related Terms

India proof paper; Chinese paper; papier de Chine (Fr.); India transfer paper; Indian proof paper;

Resources and Citations

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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