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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 493

    A SET OF TEN PANELS OF CHINESE WALLPAPER

    CIRCA 1790-1820

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF TEN PANELS OF CHINESE WALLPAPER
    CIRCA 1790-1820
    Comprising seven large panels, two narrow panels and a third unframed panel, each variously depicting vases with flowering plants, bamboo, exotic birds and butterflies, later mounted on board
    The large panels 89 in. (227.5 cm.) high; 46½ in. (118 cm.) wide
    The narrow panels 89 in 24½ in. (62 cm.) wide
    The unframed panel 75 in. (190 cm.) high; 43 in. (109 cm.) wide (10)


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    The fashion for 'Peking Paper' was popularised in the 1760s by Sir William Chambers (d.1796), architect and author of Designs of Chinese Buildings, Furniture, Dresses etc., 1757. The craze for the Anglo-Chinois garden also encouraged its growth inside much of the interiors of houses, and by 1800 the fashion was led at Carlton House, London and the Marine Pavilion, Brighton by the Prince Regent. Vast quantities of wall-paper, sometimes amounting to some two thousand pieces, are recorded as being imported on a single East India Company ship in the late eighteenth century.

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