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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    La Haute Ville (paper hung)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Tremayne

  • Museum number:

    E.1042-1925

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 71

This wallpaper was found in La Haute Ville, a house in Vaison, France, formerly the home of the Marquis de Taulignan. This is an early and relatively unsophisticated version of the 19th-century fashion for wallpapers printed to imitate draperies and other fabric wallcoverings. As the fashion continued into the 1830s, papers were produced with increasingly lavish and convincing trompe l'oeil (eye-tricking) effects.

Physical description

Torn fragment of wallpaper printed in shades of blue, black and buff, to imitate festooned fringed drapery, with a matching border paper, attached at the top edge; Colour woodblock print, on paper.

Place of Origin

France (made)
La Haute Ville (paper hung)

Date

ca. 1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 45 cm torn, irregular, Width: 52.5 cm torn, irregular

Object history note

Given by Mrs Tremayne.

Provenance: A house in La Haute Ville, Vaison, France, formerly the residence of the Marquis de Taulignan.

Descriptive line

Fragment of wallpaper printed to imitate festooned fringed drapery, with matching border paper; Colour woodblock print, on paper; Anonymous; Provenance: A house in La Haute Ville, Vaison, France, formerly the residence of the Marquis de Taulignan; French; ca. 1800.

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

Gill Saunders. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications, London, 2002. p.51, pl.42
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. pp.208-9, cat.no.554

Production Note

Provenance: A house in La Haute Ville, Vaison, France, formerly the residence of the Marquis de Taulignan.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Drapery; Trompe l'oeil

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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