Rare Hand Painted ZUBER Wallpaper Panels
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SOLD This rare set of six wallpaper panels were made with a completely handmade, historic process by the Zuber Manufactory in France. The complete scene of Les Vues D’Amérique du Nord is 32 panels in length. The 1,690 woodblocks used to create the imagery were originally carved in 1834, and are considered historical monuments by the French Ministry of Culture. Each color of paint used is hand mixed and pressed by hand. Designed by Jean-Julien Deltil (1791-1863), who likely relied entirely on secondary sources and never journeyed to North America himself.
The composition consists of scenes that had been well-documented by French explorers and travelers at the time, and had garnered the most intrigue from French and European people. The left maritime scene is the Boston Harbor, bustling with activity and ships with billowing sails.The central scene has lush greenery that was representative of the alluring rolling landscapes that captivated so many Europeans. Within the greenery are dancing Native Americans, who also intrigued Europeans. There are also Americans, black and white, en toilette. This was not exactly accurate to contemporaneous race relations, but shows an idealized European version of how they envisioned North America to be. Behind this scene is the Natural Bridge of Virginia, a true marvel in the burgeoning field of geology.
The full Zuber Les Vues D’Amérique du Nord scene can be found in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. That particular set of panels was salvaged from a condemned house in Maryland, and sold to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy who was redecorating the room in the 1960s. This panorama has thus become a symbol of diplomacy, new possibilities, and civility.
To see more a comprehensive video of the fascinating process that Zuber employs, visit: www.zuber.fr/en/video
Good condition, some minor damage.
18"W x 92.5" H per panel
108"W x 92.5"H all together