Architecture / Features & Decoration
1740 - 1750
Chinese bast paper, European paper, black ink and various pigments.
1580 x 770 mm
Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
Fragment of Chinese wallpaper of 'bird and flower' type, including tree trunk and various flowers, the outlines woodblock-printed and the colours added by hand. Along part of the lower edge of the fragment are the remains of a European paper border in a trompe l'oeil fretwork pattern; a section of the wallpaper continues further down, perhaps indicating that this fragment was situated over and next to a chimneypiece. 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.