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Set of hanging panels

Set of hanging panels

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woollen flock-printed linen canvas

  • Museum number:

    T.57, B to K-1954

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a group of 12 textile panels now in the V&A's collection that would have been used, like wallpaper, to decorate the walls of a room. Each panel was nailed in place, probably to battens fixed to the wall, and the nails concealed with braid or fringe. The hanging is made of linen canvas, printed with brown and blue wool flock on a gold ground. Flock printing - applying wool fibre in a powder-like form to another fabric by means of an adhesive - was intended to imitate expensive and desirable textiles like velvet. The design of this example derives from a contemporary voided velvet, and, as the many surviving fragments show, was a very popular cheaper substitute for more expensive wall hangings.

Physical description

Set of eleven hanging panels of flock-printed linen canvas. Printed with brown-red and dark blue woollen flock on gold ground. Symmetrical formal foliage of early Baroque character.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woollen flock-printed linen canvas

Dimensions

Length: 120 in each, Width: 34 in each

Object history note

From register 'Said to come from a house in Yorkshire'.

Descriptive line

Set of eleven hanging panels of flock-printed linen canvas, England, 17th century

Materials

Linen (material); Flock

Techniques

Flocking; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage

Categories

Interiors; Textiles; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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