The concept of ‘Chinese’ wallpapers originally came not from the East but from 18th Century Europe, with its passion for all things Oriental.
Whether printed or hand painted, they brought an explosion of jewel-rich colour and naturalistic design to the smartest 18th Century walls. Chinoiserie hit yet another fashion peak in the 19th Century, inspired by The Royal Pavilion in Brighton and some of the most opulent wall decorations ever seen.
Allyson McDermott has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle… Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive.
Printed to order in Allyson’s Gloucestershire studio, they use water based pigment inks and the highest quality acid free ‘Kozo’, a specialist traditional oriental paper. Capturing all the charm and subtlety of the hand painted originals, her Chinoiserie wallpapers and panels are individually produced to order, in bespoke sizes and colours. The finish too is bespoke, ranging from ‘as new’ to gently faded and distressed, giving an authentically antique look.
Allyson McDermott’s studio archive is one of Britain’s most important historical design resources. Many of the patterns look astonishingly modern, whilst others – like the Chinoiserie papers and panels – offer classic decorative finishes which work beautifully in both period and contemporary interiors.
Because the size, colourway and finish are all bespoke, designed to fit the intended location, each fine art replica is as much a one-off as the original antique paper. Prices start from £150 per square metre. Allyson McDermott’s conservation practice also offers a wide range of other specialist services including historic interior design consultancy.
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