"Carnet" printed on cover of each notebook; multiplication tables from 2 through 10 printed on back covers.
The first five notebooks contain experimental results of making items A1-A256; comments on molds, firing temperature, and results. Vol. 5 also has a color index. Vol. 6 contains drawings of ware, furnace designs and mentions meetings with Marinot, Thibault, Georges, and Christofle. Vol. 7 titled "Relevé de quelques cuissons à la M.N.S. (d'après Pinette)" [Manufacture National de Sèvres] and includes additional information on furnaces.
Notes from Anne-Marie Laure, Oct. 1989: These seven pâte de verre carnets seem to have been written ca. 1912-1919 -- some evidences of date in second carnet and also the fact that the author is asking the army for some money they owe him lead me to think that the experiments described must have been done just after World War I. The last carnet bears the date of 1911, but the author explains it is a record of a casting made in Sèvres that he copied 'd'après Pinette'. Among the other artists he cites, I identified Marinot and Argy-Rousseau. The record of his encountering Argy-Rousseau; some of his remarks at that point show that the author was only at the beginning of his experiments. He could very well be a man of the new generation, as Cros, Dammouse and Despret had already rediscovered pâte de verre at the end of the 19th century.
Antoine Leperlier says that the handwriting is not that of his grandfather François Décorchemont.
Received with the Chambon collection.
Carnets 1-7 digitized by Boston Photo Imaging April 2013.
Transcriptions of v. 1-2 digitized in-house June 2014.
Vol. 2 originally had Carnet d'essais commencé le 28 juillet 1917, but it has been crossed out. Vol. 4 originally had "Sturm" in the appartenant section, but it has been crossed out. Vol. 6 had a label on the cover that was removed. Vol. 7 had Fleures de frèsci[?], Carnet de Catteau commencé le 24 fév. 1918 on cover, but it has been crossed out.
CMGL also has transcriptions of Carnet 1 (34 leaves) and Carnet 2 (41 leaves).
v. 1. A 1-25 [includes plaques and busts of Napoleon] --
v. 2. A 26-90 [includes mascarons and busts of Napoleon] --
v. 3. A 91-145 [includes mascarons, vases, plaques, some marked Adoptées in red ink] --
v. 4. A 146-217 [includes vases, goblets, color recipes, mentions of Argy-Rousseau June, 1919] --
v. 5. A 218-256 [includes goblets, vases; only half of pages used, but color chart on last page] --
v. 6. [includes drawings of vases and furnaces, names and addresses, a list of appointments in September, 1919 (Thibault, Marinot, Christofle, etc.)] --
v. 7. Relevé de quelques cuissons à la M.N.S. (d'après Pinette) [includes firing instructions from the Manufacture National de Sèvres].