Stencil, with details printed from woodblocks
Height 117 cm x Width 67.5 cm (size of support sheet)
Museum no. E.517-1964
Given by the Colchester and Essex Museum
This paper was found in the west wing of 'The Holly Trees' in Colchester, Essex. The house was built around 1716 and altered in 1748. The west wing was built around 1730.
This design is a very simplified version of a Chinese wallpaper. These so-called 'flowering tree' Chinese wallpapers were imported into Britain from the late 1600s. They became very fashionable, and English wallpaper manufacturers made many imitations. The original Chinese papers were hand-painted. However, the English manufacturer printed this wallpaper in blocks of stencilled colour to resemble the embroidered panels and bed hangings of the late 1600s.