Architecture / Features & Decoration
1740 - 1750
Chinese bast paper, European paper, black ink and various pigments.
1730 x 420 mm
Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
Fragment of Chinese wallpaper of 'bird and flower' type, including various rocks and flowers, the outlines woodblock-printed and the colours added by hand. Attached to the fragment are two sections of European trompe l'oeil fretwork border paper, indicating that it must have been positioned in the lower right-hand corner of a wall. The fragment was conserved and mounted on backing paper by Sandiford and Mapes Ltd.
Originally hung in the Little Parlour in about 1750, probably through the agency of architect James Paine (1717-89), covered over with another wallpaper in about 1770 and rediscovered following the 1989 fire.