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Fontaine

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1936-59 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Odell, William J. (designer)
    John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Trough and colour wood block print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.2348-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 8 []

Physical description

'Fontaine' wallpaper specimen; Foliage running vertically, in cream on a pale striped ground; With attached paper depicting the design at one-seventh scale in a different colourway; Trough and colour wood block print on paper.

Within a pattern book of 151 specimens, incorporating a studio log of obsolete designs, 1936-59; Each with title etc lettered on the front, and the pages of the original pattern book with title, serial number etc in letterpress on the back; Some of the patterns interleaved with screen-printed versions, reduced in size; Book bound in cloth boards, with typescript list of titles, designer's and printing methods affixed to the inside of the front cover and to the fly leaf.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1936-59 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Odell, William J. (designer)
John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Trough and colour wood block print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

FONTAINE / william odell
Lettered on front of design, top-right corner.

TROUGH + / BLOCK
Handwritten in ink on front of design.

LINE / FONTAINE / Designed by / WILLIAM J. ODELL / No. 9109 / The SCALE of the Miniature / is one-seventh of the ACTUAL SIZE of / the Design. / The REPEAT of the DESIGN is approx. / 10 inches deep by 21 inches wide.
Lettered on attached sheet of the design in miniature.

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm size of volume, Width: 50.5 cm size of volume

Object history note

Given by Shand Kydd Ltd.

Descriptive line

'Fontaine' wallpaper specimen; Foliage running vertically, in cream on a pale striped ground; With attached paper depicting the design at one-seventh scale in a different colourway; Trough and colour wood block print on paper; Designed by William J. Odell; Within a wallpaper pattern book of 151 specimens (E.2296-2446-1980), incorporating a studio log of obsolete designs; Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd; England; 1936-59.

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.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print; Trough

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material)

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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