A SET OF THREE CHINESE WALLPAPER PANELS.
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century.
Each painted with a sweeping garden vista populated with officials and ladies engaged in various activities including shooting arrows, playing on swings, and conversing, ink and colour on paper stretched on wood panels, two panels 294 x 137cm, the other 291 x 116cm. (3)
Wallpaper was considered the height of desirability and rarity during the 18th Century and was extremely expensive. The French dealer Lazare Duvaux (c. 1703-1758) records the sale of six sheets of ‘China paper’ to the Countess of Valentinois in 1756 for 144 livres (Carl L. Crossman, The China Trade, Woodbridge, 1991, p. 390); while the Regent prince and future King of England is said to have paid up to 17 Pounds per bolt of Chinese wallpaper.
Estimated at £15,000 - £20,000