Maison Quantin

Paris, France (Printer, Publisher)

La Maison Quantin (also known as A. Quantin éditeur) was a printing and publishing company founded in Paris at 7, rue Saint-Benoît in 1876 by Albert Quantin (1850–1933). In 1886, the firm introduced inexpensive color image series (each of twenty sheets) which were advertised as L'Imagerie artistique and which were intended for children. For these prints, the firm used an inexpensive technical process, chromotypography, which had been developed in the 1880s by the French printer Charles Gillot (18531903). Chromotypography involved letterpress printing in color where all of the colors were applied simultaneously to the same roll. The last series was produced in 1917.