Architecture / Features & Decoration
1740 - 1750
Chinese bast paper and European paper, black ink and various pigments.
590 x 470 mm
Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
Fragment of Chinese wallpaper of 'bird and flower' type, including rocks and plants, the outlines woodblock-printed and the colours added by hand. Sections of a European border paper in a trompe l'oeil fretwork pattern are attached to the left and the bottom of the fragment, indicating that is was situated in the bottom left-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.