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Vues d’Italie; La Baie de Naples

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (manufactured)
    Rashleigh House (paper hung)

  • Date:

    ca. 1822 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dufour & Cie (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour prints in grisaille from wood blocks, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the St Austell Brewery Co. Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.1947-1938

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image unavailable

Physical description

‘Vues d’Italie’ or ‘La Baie de Naples’; One of eight lengths from the scenic paper depicting views of Tivoli, Amalfi, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples; This length depicts groups of peasants standing before an obelisk fountain on a quay, against which rides a barque; view of mountains across a bay; portion of frieze at top; Colour print in grisaille from wood blocks.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (manufactured)
Rashleigh House (paper hung)

Date

ca. 1822 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Dufour & Cie (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour prints in grisaille from wood blocks, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 236.3 cm, Width: 99.1 cm

Object history note

Given by the St Austell Brewery Co. Ltd.

Provenance: The dining room of the White Hart Hotel (Rashleigh House), St Austell, Cornwall.

Descriptive line

‘Vues d’Italie’ or ‘La Baie de Naples’; Length of wallpaper (one of a series of eight), depicting groups of peasants standing before an obelisk fountain on a quay, against which rides a barque; view of mountains across a bay; Colour print in grisaille from wood blocks; Anonymous; Produced by Dufour et Leroy; Provenance: White Hart Hotel (Rashleigh House), St Austell, Cornwall; French; ca. 1822.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

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Eight lengths from the scenic paper entitled ‘Vues d’Italie’ or ‘La Baie de Naples’: views of Tivoli, Amalfi, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, some surmounted by a frieze of Pompeian arabesques with putti and running pattern imitating a modillion cornice
Produced by Dufour et Leroy, Paris
Circa 1822
Colour prints in grisaille from wood blocks
Various sizes
PROVENANCE The dining room of the White Hart Hotel (Rashleigh House), St Austell, Cornwall
Given by the St Austell Brewery Co. Ltd
E.1942-1949-1938

Ewart Dudley, ‘The Bay of Naples Wallpaper’, Connoisseur (1936), vol XCVIII, plate on pp 86-88; Entwisle, FS, figs 52-54; Clouzot, TT, pls XV-XVIII; McClelland, p 389.

1. Bridge with houses in background
106 x 49.5 cm
E.1942

2. Group of 4 figures listening to a flute player in the gardens of a villa
83.8 x 91.5 cm
E.1943

3. View of the Bay of Naples with fisherwomen in foreground
101 x 52.1 cm
E.1944

4. Peasants dancing round a bust of Virgil in a landscape with cypress trees; a ship in the bay to the right and Vesuvius in the distance to the left; portion of frieze at top
246.4 x 119.3 cm
E.1945

5. Figures on the steps of a quay and ships in the harbour; portion of frieze at top
241.3 x 99 cm
E.1946

6. Groups of peasants standing before an obelisk fountain on a quay, against which rides a barque; view of mountains across a bay; portion of frieze at top
236.3 x 99.1 cm
E.1947

7. View of ships with workmen, stevedores etc
138.4 x 99.1 cm
E.1948 neg 74194

8. Group of fisherfolk standing on the shore of a bay; view of town behind
61 x 99.2 cm
E.1949 neg 75689 '
Dudley, Ewart. The Bay of Naples Wallpaper, Connoisseur. 1936, vol XCVIII
Plate on pp 86-88.
Entwisle, E. A. French Scenic Wallpaper (1800-1860. Leigh-on-Sea, 1972.
Figs 52-54.
Clouzot, Henri. Les chefs d'oeuvres du Papiers Peints. Tableaux-tentures de Dufour et Leroy. Paris, 1931.
Plates XV-XVIII.
McClelland, Nancy V. Historic Wallpapers from their Inception to the Introduction of Machinery. Philadelphia and London, 1924.
Page 389.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1938. London: The Board of Education, 1939.
The full text of the record is as follows:

'ANONYMOUS (Wall-papers, French).
[...]

Fragments (8) from the panoramic wall-paper "La Baie de Naples", published by Dufour, Paris, c.1822. Views of Tivoli, Amalfi, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, some surmounted by frieze of Pompeian arabesques with putti and running pattern imitating a modillion cornice.
Colour prints in grisaille from wood blocks.
E.1942 - 1949-1938.
Given by the St. Austell Brewery Company, Ltd.

Bridge with houses in background. E.1942-1938
Group of four figures listening to a flute player in the gardens of a villa. E.1943-1938
View of the bay of Naples with fisherwomen in foreground. E.1944-1938
Peasants dancing around a bust of Virgil in a landscape with cypress trees. A ship in the bay to the right and Vesuvius in the distance to the left. Portion of frieze at top. E.1945-1938
Figures on the steps of a quay and ships in the harbour. Portion of frieze at top. E.1946-1938
Groups of peasants standing before an obelisk fountain on a quay, against which rides a barque; view of mountains across the bay. Portion of frieze at top. E.1947-1938
View of ships with workmen, stevedores, etc. E.1948-1938
Group of fisher-folk standing on the shore of a bay; view of town behind. E.1949-1938

Note: These papers were removed from the walls of the dining room at the White Hart Hotel (Rashleigh House) St. Austell, Cornwall. (See article in Connoisseur, Vol. XCVIII, pp.86-88, 1936.)'

Production Note

Provenance: The dining room of the White Hart Hotel (Rashleigh House), St Austell, Cornwall.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print; Grisaille

Subjects depicted

Landscapes (representations); Mountains; Peasants; Fountain; Obelisk; Scenic wallpapers; Quay; Bay

Categories

Prints; Wall coverings

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O195676
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