The Power Of Cobalt
Sometimes knowing where something came from changes the way you perceive it. I’m in love with cobalt blue right now and when I began to dig around for a bit of history I was instantly smitten with all things cobalt. Here is what I found…..
It’s a cobalt oxide-aluminum oxide. Very costly and extraordinary stable pigment of pure blue colour discovered by Thénard in 1802. It is now the most important of the cobalt pigments. Although smalt, a pigment made from cobalt blue glass has been known at least since the Middle Ages, the cobalt blue established in the nineteenth century was a greatly improved one.
The isolation of the blue color of smalt was discovered in the first half of the eighteenth century by the Swedish chemist Brandt. In 1777, Gahn and Wenzel found cobalt aluminate during research on cobalt compounds. Their discovery was made during experimentation with a soldering blowpipe. The color was not manufactured commercially until late in 1803 or 1804.
Vincent van Gogh declared to his brother Teo, ‘Cobalt [blue] is a divine colour and there is nothing so beautiful for putting atmosphere around things…”
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Striking images, love it. I am in a cobalt blue phase now, so this post comes at the perfect timing!
Hilary Inspired says
My mother gave me her collection of cobalt blue glasses that she used in my parents cafe for years. I love them and consider them one of my most prized possessions. So interesting to know a bit more about their history!
Karen Quam says
Very timely post today! I just moved to Southern California and Cobalt and White seems so right…can you recommend your favorite cobalt paint colors? Prefer Benjamin Moore.
I love the cobalt blue with the hot pink!
Julianne @ Repurposed Life Designs says
Thanks for sharing all of the gorgeous cobalt rooms! I recently painted my bonus room cobalt blue and love it!
Houses Gardens People says
Love this blog post! My favorite is the first photo with the oversized hex print rug, inspired by David Hicks. It would be a very different room without that rug, wouldn’t it?
Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co says
LOVE every bit of cobalt blue! Nice history lesson too! Would love to incorporate it somehow in my house… hmm… the wheels are turning…
Particularly in love with that first picture!
jonathan sinclair says
The Cobalt Blue Chandelier is magic!
Come and visit my blog one of those days Kelly,
Thanks, Jonathan Sinclair