Four original handblocked wallpaper panels by sandersons (turquoise background from circa 1919. now framed and mounted to museum standard.
dimensions: w 96 x h 72 inches
these chinoiserie style prints were designed and manufactured by sanderson using traditional wood blocks hand applied and hand finished on fine quality paper. the design, reg. no. 669877, was issued in circa 1919. ref. the public records office. manufacture began from 1920 onwards. this design formed part of the phoenix bird decoration and the oriental garden decoration sets, as well as being marketed in it's own right as the kensington decoration. a complete phoenix bird decoration set is still in existence and can be found in the victoria and albert museum. after manufacture the panels were carefully rolled, individually wrapped in paper and stored until required. now three-quarters of a century later, a small quantity of this original stock has happily resurfaced, as if from out of a time capsule, in untouched and never unrolled condition. to our best knowledge the actual wood blocks used in the manufacture have long disappeared. what have remained are these superb examples of fine craftmanship from a now by-gone era forming a unique and strictly limited edition. these woodblock prints are available in six individual colourways, each with its own character and feel, the background colours being yellow, turquoise, blue, ivory, white (satin finish) and black (leather finish). presentation: originally these woodblock prints would have been trimmed and pasted directly onto walls as mural decorations. this type of irrevocable treatment of these rare and fabulous artworks would not be appropriate today. due to their rare and fragile nature, we have identified and taken into account three main criteria in displaying them. to present the artwork, maintain the original detail in its entirety and to preserve the print and its value as an investment, we have opted for a museum quality presentation. to this end each panel is indidually framed. the original detail on the sides and bottom is left untrimmed and the woodblock print is laid in its frame without the use of any adhesives. the principle causes of discolouring and fading are acidity from the mounting board, air pollution and exposure to sunlight. in order to minimise these, the artwork is framed between a protective sandwich of a 10mm inert foam core barrier and a 3mm uv filtering and scratch resistant acrylic.
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