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Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)
    Longford (Shropshire) (paper hung)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785-1788 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fay, Jean-Baptiste (designer)
    Réveillon (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from wood blocks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Col. Ralph Leeke

  • Museum number:

    E.17-1916

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR81, box DW13

Arabesque patterned wallpapers were hung as separate panels, with printed borders or within architectural frames. Papers of this kind were popular in France, both with the aristocracy and with the ruling class who succeeded them in the years immediately after the Revolution that began in 1789. It is rare to find them in British houses, but this panel is part of a set of six in the V&A's collection from a house at Longford, near Newport, in Shropshire. The paper was printed at Réveillon's wallpaper workshop in the Rue de l'Arbre, Paris. Réveillon was one of the most important manufacturers and retailers of wallpaper in France in the later 18th century. Arabesque patterns derive from 16th-century engraved ornament and from Raphael's famous pilaster designs in the Vatican (about 1519), and ultimately from ancient Roman mural decoration.

Physical description

Portion from a panel of wallpaper with a design centred on a vase of flowers (roses, tulips, carnations etc) framed by various Antique motifs, and two goldfinches; Colour woodblock print, on paper.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)
Longford (Shropshire) (paper hung)

Date

ca. 1785-1788 (printed)

Artist/maker

Fay, Jean-Baptiste (designer)
Réveillon (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from wood blocks

Dimensions

Length: 62 cm, Width: 44 cm

Object history note

Given by Col. Ralph Leeke
The complete rolls are illustrated in P. Gusman, Panneaux Decoratifs et Tentures Murales du XVIIIe siècle (1913), pls 9-11. A complete set of these papers, consisting of ten panels, exists at the house of General Lafayette at Chavagnac, Haute-Loire (see M. L. le Verrier, 'Old Wall-paper of France', Antiques (1928), vol 13, p 128, where they are wrongly attributed and described as hand-painted). The paper was bought from Elliot in 1793.

Descriptive line

Panel of wallpaper with a design centred on a vase of flowers (roses, tulips, carnations etc) framed by various Antique motifs, and two goldfinches; Design by Jean-Baptiste Fay; Colour woodblock print, on paper; One of six panels and fragments of wallpaper (E.15-20-1916) from a house at Longford, Newport, Salop; Printed at Réveillon's works in Paris; France; ca.1785-88.

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

Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications, London, 2002. p.13, ill.in colour
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.
Entwisle, E. A. French Scenic Wallpaper (1800-1860). Leigh-on-Sea, 1972.
Olligs, H. Tapeten. Ihre Geschichte bis zur Gegenwart. Brunswick. 1969-70.

Production Note

This paper (from a set of 6 in the V&A: E.15-20-1916) was printed at Réveillon's works in the Rue de l'Arbre, Paris. Réveillon was one of the most important retailers and manufacturers of wallpaper in France in the second half of the 18th century.

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Carnations; Roses (flowers); Tulips; Goldfinches (birds); Vase

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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