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Wallpaper - The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed paper

  • Museum number:

    E.512-1998

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 35

The name of the manufacturer, R & Co., is printed in the selvage of this paper. This almost certainly confirms that the paper was made by Rottmann, Strome & Co., which became Rottmann & Co. around 1890. Alexander Rottmann had established a factory in Yokohama, Japan, in the early 1880s to produce Japanese embossed 'leather' papers.
Wallpapers designed to imitate embossed and gilded leather wall-hangings (of the kind originally used in the 17th and early 18th centuries) became popular in the last quarter of the 19th century. Although several British firms - notably Jeffrey & Co. in London - were making such papers, a large proportion were manufacturered in Japan for export to Europe.

Physical description

Length of embossed wallpaper designed to imitate embossed leather. Lettered variously in the selvages in English and in Japanese.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embossed paper

Marks and inscriptions

'THE ROSE GARDEN'
in the selvage, repeated at intervals; printed; ink

'Regd. No.279060 / R & Co.'
Design registration; maker's mark; in the selvage, repeated at intervals; printed; ink

'Made in Japan'
in the selvage, repeated at intervals; printed; ink

Dimensions

Width: 93.3 cm

Descriptive line

The Rose Garden. ca.1895. Length of embossed wallpaper, probably by Rottmann & Co.

Production Note

The manufacturer, R & Co., is almost certainly Rottmann, Strome & Co., which became Rottmann & Co. around 1890. Alexander Rottmann had established a factory in Yokohama, Japan, in the early 1880s to produce Japanese embossed 'leather' papers.

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Embossing

Subjects depicted

Roses

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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