UPDATE OF THE PAGE june 19, 2017



This museum is the result of the work of a collector, Jean-Louis Bonnefille, retired teacher. During 45 years he has gathered thousands of objects linked to the art of writing. He created the museum of writing in 1992 to share his passion with the wider public.



Writing Equipment



The first 2 rooms present writing equipment, their manufacture, their use from prehistoric clay tablets to recycled paper via papyrus,parchment  and all various sorts of paper.



paper made from fern leaves


A  lacquered metal plate with Buddhist text written in the sacred language of Asia


Pages of a work made from palm leaves   



The big room of inkwells will inspire visitors who will find there unique examples that come from all horizons and origins.




One room is devoted to nibs, boxes and nib holders. The museum owns more than 6000 nibs. Most of them are exhibited.



Picture of taxologie calamophilie to facilitate the classification(ranking) and the exchanges of nibs


Necessity of a sales representative from Baignol and Farjon on 1920 




The fabrication  is very diverse, very versified according to the natural pigments, the plants and the animal fats used.

A collection of inkbottles of all dimensions and all ages evoke the names of the most important manufacturers.



 Displays oilcloth inks Antoine 1898


    Displays cardboard inks Gardot Dijon 1910


Towards 2000years before Jesus- Christ, the stylet lost its place to the “ calame” the implement which is used up to our days for western and arab calligraphy. Towards  the year 600 of our era the feather nib made its appearance to be abandoned around the 1880s when the metal nib flooded the market. A  lot of othe objects linked to writing were created to satisfy practical needs like pen knives, blotting paper, powder to dry the ink, a little brush to gather the powder, travel kits, travel inkwell.


The visit finishes by a complete reconstruction of a classroom of the 1920s and you are invited to try the material found in the museum.



    Wipe porcelain nibs XIX °


         Cut feather in ebony XVIII °


june 23, 2017