Chateau Guest Book, Normandy, France

Blank book of various vintage handmade papers and sheepskin parchment.
Designed and Bound by Minsky in 1994.
20" x 16"

Green Hewit calf with inlaid panels of lacquered acrylic and gold leaf on Rives BFK. Lost wax cast Vermeil hardware includes central medallion filled with couleurs vitrail, bosses and clasps with heraldic emblems, and strapwork corners.

Chateau Guest Book, Center Panel and Corner details

Richard Minsky has created many guest books for private homes, museums and heads of state. This book has front covers on both sides, as the Chateau receives visitors from countries which write in both Western and Eastern conventions. The central medallion represents the name of the Chateau in 11th century Mail (Arabic) calligraphy. A rough version was faxed to Normandy from the Levant and refaxed to Minsky's computer in New York, where he autotraced the bitmap into CorelDraw, converted it to Bezier curves, formed it into a logo, printed it on an ink jet, had a magnesium die made of it, made a latex mold of the die, made wax castings in the mold, which were lost wax cast in Vermeil, and painted in the transparent enamels to get the effect you see here. The heraldic emblems in the bosses and clasps represent the owner's family history. Minsky sculpted all the hardware in wax for the casting.

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