Puce

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PuceHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#722F37
sRGBB  (rgb)(114, 47, 55)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 59, 52, 55)
HSV       (h, s, v)(353°, 59%, 45[1]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
 
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PuceHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#722F37
sRGBB  (rgb)(114, 47, 55)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 59, 52, 55)
HSV       (h, s, v)(353°, 59%, 45[1]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Puce (variant spellings: "puse", "peuse" or "peuce") is a dark red or purple brown color,[2] a brownish purple [3][4] or a dark reddish brown.[5]

Etymology[edit]

Puce is the French word for flea. The color is said to be the color of the bloodstains remaining on linen or bedsheets, even after being laundered, from a flea's droppings or after a flea has been crushed.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) dates the first English use of "puce" as a color to 1787.[6] The name comes from the French word puce, or flea, which comes from the Latin words for flea, pulicem or pulex. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, the first French use of puce as a color name, meaning "flea-color," dates to the 17th century.[7] A different source dates the first French use of puce as a color name to the 14th century.[8]

History[edit]

The color puce became popular in the late 18th century in France. It was worn at the Court of Louis XVI, and was said to be a favorite color of Marie Antoinette, though there are no portraits of her wearing it.

Puce was also a popular fashion color in 19th century Paris. In one of his novels, Émile Zola described a woman "dressed in a gown of a dark color...between puce and the color of goose excrement (caca d'oie)."[9]

Lately, the tones of puce have become popular among those in the Goth subculture.

Some variations of puce[edit]

Puce (ISCC-NBS)[edit]

Puce (ISCC-NBS)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#722F37
sRGBB  (rgb)(114, 47, 55)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 59, 52, 55)
HSV       (h, s, v)(353°, 59%, 45[1]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color to the right is the color called puce in the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955). Since this color has a hue code of 353, it is a slightly purplish red.

The source of this color is: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of Puce (color sample #16)


Puce (Maerz and Paul)[edit]

Puce (M&P)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#A95C68
sRGBB  (rgb)(169, 92, 104)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 46, 39, 34)
HSV       (h, s, v)(351°, 46%, 66[10]%)
SourceMaerz and Paul
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color box to the right shows the color called puce in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color puce is displayed on page 37, Plate 7, Color Sample H4.

Puce (Poupre color list)[edit]

Puce (Pourpre color list)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#4E1609
sRGBB  (rgb)(78, 22, 9)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 72, 89, 69)
HSV       (h, s, v)

(11°, 89%, 31

[11]%)
SourcePourpre.com
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color called puce in the Pourpre.com color list, a color list widely popular in France. This is the original color "puce" from which all the other tones of puce are ultimately derived.

Puce (Pantone)[edit]

Puce (Pantone)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#4F3A3C
sRGBB  (rgb)(79, 58, 60)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 27, 24, 69)
HSV       (h, s, v)(354°, 27%, 31[12]%)
SourcePantone TPX[13]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color at right is called puce in the Pantone color list.

The source of this color is the "Pantone Textile Paper eXtended (TPX)" color list, color #19-1518 TPX—Puce.[14]

Puce in popular culture[edit]

Bottle collecting

Comics

Games

Film

History

Literature

Music

Television

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #722F37 (Puce Red):
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionaries on-line
  3. ^ Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition: "a brownish purple."
  4. ^ Random House College Dictionary: "a dark or brownish purple"
  5. ^ "Brun rouge assez foncé." Le Petit Robert (1988).
  6. ^ Oxford English Dictionary See entry on Puce
  7. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, (1966) Oxford University Press
  8. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 202; Color Sample of Puce: Page 37 Plate 7 Color Sample H4--the color sample shown as puce in Maerz & Paul is a tone of puce halfway between the U.S. and U.K. versions of puce: Puce (Maerz & Paul)
  9. ^ "Vétue d'une robe sobre...entre le puce et le caca d'oie." Le Petit Robert.
  10. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #A95C68 (Deep Puce):
  11. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #4E1609 (French Puce):
  12. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #4F3A3C (Dark Puce):
  13. ^ Type the word "Puce" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear.
  14. ^ Pantone TPX Pantone Color Finder--Type the word "Puce" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear:
  15. ^ von Mechow, Tod (September 30, 2010). "Bottle Attributes – Beer Bottle Colors". Soda & Beer Bottles of North America. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ Adams, Scott (c). Dilbert. August 17, 1993. Official Dilbert comic strips Archive.
  17. ^ "Topic: Puce". eNotes. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  18. ^ Panarese, Tom (April 27, 2011). "Dance 'til Dawn". Pop Culture Affidavit. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  19. ^ Beifuss, John (August 19, 2011). "'Fright Night' - A Review: Never Cross a Vampire". The Bloodshot Eye. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ Victoria Finlay, Color.
  21. ^ Smith, Bret (December 25, 2008). "Paladin (Part 3C) – The Knights of the Round Table (con't)". The Grumblin' Grognard. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  22. ^ Search result, Puce Knight: Sir Thomas Malory; Keith Baines (October 12, 2001). Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table : The Classic Rendition. Penguin. pp. 146, 147, 149, 152, 159. ISBN 978-0-451-52816-2. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  23. ^ Don Gifford with Robert J. Seidman, Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses, 2nd Edition, University of California Press, 1989, p. 22.