22 May 2008
A fragment of French scenic wallpaper, printed by Zuber, circa 1850, designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin, circa 1806
Les Vues de l'Indoustan
Comprising five connecting sheets, and two others
Gouache and ink on paper
Each sheet - 72 x 27½ in. (182.5 x 70 cm.) (7)
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A. Jackson & A. Jaffer ed., Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800, London, 2004, p. 7
London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800, 2004
The exhibition catalogue for Encounters notes that "In devising its panoramic wallpaper l'Indoustan, French wallpaper-makers Zuber drew freely from the Daniells' picturesque views of India. The design of this panel marries the great Nandi from the Brihadisvara Temple at Tanjore with a section of the famous frieze The Descent of the Ganges at Mamallapuram."
The whole series of Les Vues de l'Indoustan is fully illustrated in O. Nouvel-Kammerer, French Scenic Wallpaper, 1795-1865, Paris, 2000, no. 306.
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