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The Virtual Museum of Watercolor gallery of:

 British Antique Watercolor

Paint Blocks, Palette & Supplies

1700-1800's

 

The Virtual Museum of Watercolor
This Virtual Museum is a collection of photographs
items are shown on this pager are for historical interest -and are not for sale and
are phisically in various collections throughout the world 

 

 

      
 
 Watercolor paint blocks were invented by brothers William and Thomas Reeves in the 1760' -1770s (see their early blocks below)
 
In 1835 Winsor & Newton introduced the first moist watercolor cakes using glycerine They were more easily wettable making easier to use.
 
This and the new colors being invented by chemists & introduced contributed to the watercolour painting craze in Victorian England.
 
Queen Victoria & Prince Albert were great patrons of the arts encouraged the arts through many programs; especially by expanding the royal warrants- providing a guarantee of quality of many brands of art supplies.   
              

 ARZONE antique watercolor cakes c. 1830

     
    Embossing on one block: " 54 Dean St, Soho" he was at that address 1830-37
     
     
    The photos shows both sides of same blocks .
    The colors appear slightly different due to lighting.
     
     
    Blocks are approximately 1 inch long , 5/8 inch wide & 1/4 inch thick.
    Photos are enlarged for detail 3/1
    As with any modern professional artist's paints, they may contain harmful substances. These should be handled with care. They are not for use by children.

 Waring & Dimes Antique Paint Blocks

     
     
    Embossing on the block: " Gt.Russell St .. Bloomsbury"
     
    The partnership dates these blocks to 1840-1842
     
    The photos shows both sides of same blocks .
    The colors appear slightly different due to lighting.
     
    Early watercolor cakes of this make are quite rare
    They also provided Drawing materials,Oil colors, canvas & other supplies.
    JMW Turner was known to use some of their art supplies.
     
    Blocks are approximately 1 inch long , 5/8 inch wide & 1/4 inch thick.
    Photos are enlarged for detail 3/1
    As with any modern professional artist's paints, they may contain harmful substances. These should be handled with care. They are not for use by children.

 T. J. Morris Antique Paint Blocks

Early watercolor cakes of this make are quite rare
He was known to be a color maker 1818 to 1838
In that period he USA color maker to the Duke of Sussex from 1823 to 1838
& to Her Majesty & Princes Victoria 1828 -1838
 
This dates these blocks are from 1823 to 1838
 
Embossing on the block:
T. J. Morris
Manufacturer of Color
to Royal.....
?? Duke of Sussex
LONDON
 
The combined photo shows both sides of two blocks vertically.
The colors appear slightly different due to lighting.
 
Blocks are approximately 15/16 inch long , 9/16 inch wide & 3/16 inch thick.Photo is enlarged for detail 3/1
As with any modern professional artist's paints, they may contain harmful substances. These should be handled with care. They are not for use by children.
 
 
 

 

Robertson & Miller Paint Block -dating in the 1830's
The photos shows both sides of same blocks .
Blocks are approximately 1 inch long , 5/8 inch wide & 1/4 inch thick.
Photos are enlarged for detail
 
 
 

 
 
Watercolor Paint Blocks 1800's Marked "S O" with a crown.
This stands for the Crown Stationary Office in the UK.
Goverment office artists were issued materials with the SO stamp throughout the empire.
 
The paints were manufactured by various London colormen and were fine quality.
The Crown Stationary Office was formed around 1822
 
 
 
We will post more on these in time. For now our thanks to a correspondant for this information.
 
 
 
 
photo enlarged for detail

 

 
 
 
 
H B Binko - London Antique Paint Block c.1800's
 
 
Henry Boch Binko (c.1838-1911), born Austria, was active in London from 1868
known in 1873 to be at 183, City-road, London
Manufacturer and retailer of Paint, Stationery , Writing equipment & Toys
 
 
 
 
 
 
photo enlarged for detail
 
 
 
 
References found:
THE LONDON GAZETTE, JANUARY 24, 1873, Page 334
384* Binko, H. B. (*see also Gr.X, No. 384) Writing articles 183, City-road, London
 
THE PRACTICAL MECHANIC'S JOURNAL. 23 12/A February 1869.
439 H. B. Binko, Manufacture and application of indigo, carmine, and other colours

 
 

Winsor & Newton

Antique Paint Blocks

pre 1881

 

 


Blocks are approximately 1 1/8 x 5/8 by 3/16 inch thick

photo enlarged for detail

NOT FOR SALE

I want blocks like these will trade or buy

c. 2010 R M Bodoh

 
We are looking for more Winsor Newton Paint Blocks to complete the collection click here to: E-MAIL US

 George Rowney & Co
Antique Paint Block c.1844 c
 
 
 
 
 
NOT FOR SALE
I want blocks like these will trade or buy
Blocks are approximately 1 1/8 x 5/8 by 3/16 inch thick
photo enlarged for detail

 

 

Newman's

Watercolor

Paint Blocks

1800's

 

Blocks are approximately 1 1/8 x 5/8 by 3/16 inch thick

photo enlarged for detail

 

 

NOT FOR SALE

 
R Ackermann Paint blocks- photo enlarged for detail. Blocks are around 1827- Shown here on the back of a R Ackermann palette.
 
If you have any Reeves Paint Blocks like these to sell.click here to: E-MAIL US
 
 
 
 
 
 
DESIGNS OF THOMAS REEVES & DESCENDANTS
WATERCOLOR PAINT BLOCKS THROUGH TIME
NOT FOR SALE - We want blocks like these for the collection

 

T Reeves & Son

(Thomas Reeves

with is son William J. Reeves)

c 1784 1790

Note the shield is a oval

unlike the shield below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
T . Reeves & Son
With the royal warrant

 

( Thomas Reeves with is son William J. Reeves)
a later variation of
Thomas Reeves & Son paint blocks
c 1790-1799
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reeves & Woodyer
(son of Thomas: William J Reeves & Partner Woodyer)
c. 1799-1817
 
Son of Thomas reeves: William J.Reeves should not be confused with Uncle: William- brother of Thomas- see above
 
I want blocks like these will trade or buy
 
 
 
 
Reeves & Woodyer & Reeves not shown- unavailable - We would like to know if they had been made
(Partners : William J Reeves- Woodyer & his son) around 1817- 1818
 
 
 
 
Reeves & Son(William J Reeves-& his son)c.1819-1826 not shown
 
Reeves & Sons
(The two sons of the late William J Reeves carrying on the business with fathers name)
1827-
 
On these particular blocks
Were these "New Wax Colors" a response to Winsor & Newton introducing
Moist watercolors?
 
Was what they called wax actually glycerine or a water based wax?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reeves & Sons

by this time is was

a company of various owners

c.1860-

similar Blocks may be earlier

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reeves & Sons
Superior Elementary Colors line
a company of various owners
1880?-1899
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reeves & Sons Ltd c.1891- 1972
(not shown
 
 
 
Blocks are approximately 1 1/8 x 5/8 by 3/16 inch thick
photo enlarged for detail
 

 

Curious case of Antique REEVES Paint Block
1700's
 
Does the paint block on the left have a misspelling ReAves of REEves?
 
The text is similar to blocks dating c 1784 1790,
but the front design is similar to blocks dating 1790-1799
though it is wider (below right).
 
It is most probably an early forged paint block by another maker
Forgeries if Reeves paints were known of as early as the late 1700's.
 
 
 
 
It was found in a British paint box from the 1780's by William Reeves along with other paint blocks from England, France and Germany.
 
We believe the box has been in America since the 1700's
it seems to tell the story of having to resupply the British box with paint from other countries during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

 

 

 
 
DESIGNS OF WILLIAM REEVES WATERCOLOR PAINT BLOCKS THROUGH TIME
NOT FOR SALE we are looking for blocks like these

 

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William Reeves Paint block -- 1784-1795
 
William Reeves was the brother of Thomas Reeves and formed two separate Reeves paint companies when their partnership broke up in 1773.
 
We need more like these for the collection and will trade or buy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reeves & Inwoodc. 1796-1811

( William Reeves {Brother of Thomas} & Inwood as Partner

in a separate parallel business

after brothers Thomas and William broke up their partnership in 1784)

 

I want blocks like these will trade or buy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caution: Antique paint blocks like modern paint may have some harmful substances in them
& should be handled carefully and not ingested through the mouth or skin. They are not for use by children.

 

 

 
 
PAINT PALETTES c. 1700's -1800's
The palettes below are not for sale
 
 
 
Reeves & Sons 1829 on
4 5/8 inch by 2 1/2 inch wide
 
 
Artists supplies c. 1700's -1800's
W.Reeves & CO Pigment Sifter
above showing all the layers
below the engraved name
note this probably is made by a different Reeves company than the Paint makers.
 
 
 
 
Conte' crayon- or chalk holder- silver
This device easily holds the square crayons for ease of drawing and allowing the artist to use the whole arm for more elegant strokes.
The rings slid out to cinch the crayon tightly. shown enlarged for detail. Actual size approximately 6 inches long without crayons:
 
Below is one in brass slightly under 6 inches.
 
  The rest of this page is under construction -
Please check back for updates.
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Not all of these are for sale , some are shown for historical interest.
Photos are copyright protected
 
(c)1985-2011 All original designs and photographs shown herein are and copyright protected.
(c) Copyright 1985- 2011 The Whimsie Studio, Larry Henke, Ronald Bodoh
Whimsie studio is a trademark protected name
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 LECHERTIER BARBIE & Co
Antique Paint Block late 1800's
 
 
 
 
 
NOT FOR SALE
 
Blocks are approximately 1 1/8 x 5/8 by 3/16 inch thick
photo enlarged for detail