Leather was a popular choice for wall coverings in dining areas in the 17th and 18th centuries, as leather doesn’t retain food smells as textiles do. These colourful, gilded panels with flowers and cherubs reflect Elizabeth’s Baroque taste. There is another, more restrained set at Ham which shows how different her great-grandson’s taste was seventy years later.
Sectioned leather panel of embossed leather bordered on two sides with border panels, 3 each side, of fruit, grapes, pomegranates and cherries. Narrow band of gold fleur de lys. The design consists of flowering plants, tulips, roses, lilies etc, deeply embossed from carved woodblocks and interspersed with gold cupids, birds and dragon flies in colours on painted white ground.