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ZUBER, J. - 2 Papier peints: 'West Point in New York'' and ''Boston Harbor''.

ZUBER, J. -  2 Papier peints: 'West Point in New York'' and ''Boston Harbor''.
2 Papier peints: 'West Point in New York'' and ''Boston Harbor''. - ZUBER, J.
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Title : 2 Papier peints: 'West Point in New York'' and ''Boston Harbor''..
Map maker : ZUBER, J..
Date : Rixham, ca. 1852 - 1860.
Size : 94.5 x 236.2 inches. / 240.0 x 600.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Two panels from one of Zuber's grandest panoramic wall papers (papier peint) is a set of American landscapes, "Les Vues de L'Amérique du Nord" (Views of North America), it requires 1,690 different woodblocks and 223 colors first printed in 1834.
We offer two panels by Jean Zuber's "Scenes of America" series, one of "West Point in New York" another of "Boston Harbor".
- West Point in New York consists of 7 lengths of 48cm. In total 11 feet (more than 3 meters) wide, with each length about 240cm high.

Boston view- Boston harbor, from the tip of South Boston toward the State House atop Beacon Hill, consists of 6 (of 7) lengths of 48cm., in total about 3 meters wide with each length about 240cm high.

"Vues d'Amérique du Nord" offers an idealized view of Jacksonian America as conceived by its designer, Jean-Julien Deltil, who may never have visited the United States and based hiswork on the designs of Jacques-Géard Milbert, and designed the paper for Jean Zuber et Cie in 1834. Zuber crafted the paper using 1,700 of hand carved blocks and 223 different colors. The Frenchman’s scenes of free blacks engaged in trade, dressed in finery, and residing happily alongside their white counterparts presented an idealized (bordering on utopian) view of the newly born country, which may have been intended as a slight to the English as much as it was a glorification of the Americans’ nascent democratic nation.
In 1852, Jean Zuber took advantage of a nationalist wave in the US and republished "Views of North America", as "The War of American Independence". He substituted foreground figures so the Boston Harbor became the Boston Tea Party. Peaceful scenes became battlefields.

In revolutionary year XIII (September 1804 - September 1805) the French entrepreneur Joseph Dufour produced a concept in wallpaper design that secured the new direction of decorative interiors. It was the largest panoramic wallpaper of its time, depicting a fantasy of coloured landscapes featuring the people, events and places encountered during the exploration of the Pacific. The introduction of this papier peint marked the burgeoning of an industry in panoramic wallpapers in France.
Between 1804 and 1860, Zuber Manufacture de Papiers Peints produced more than 25 of these panoramas wallpapers.
The process is labor-intensive, requiring hundreds of hand-carved pearwood blocks. Unfortunately, the method of carving the blocks is virtually a lost art, a set for one panorama took up to 20 engravers a full year to complete. For some panels, 70 to 80 different woodblocks might be required, applied one by one in an exacting order. To create the horizon, four people work simultaneously using a complex hand-brushing technique, producing a velvety matte. The papers are then refined by hand and dried on huge racks. Zuber et Cie's wallpapers are astonishing in their scale and painterly attention to coloration, shading, and detail.
It was reported that Zuber’s wallpapers were so renowned that King Louis Philippe honored him with the Legion of Honor in 1834, the year that ‘Scenic America’ was printed. The Zuber blocks were recently deemed an historic monument by the French government.

West side of the Diplomatic Reception Room showing the panoramic Zuber et Cie wallpaper Scenes of North America.The White House.
Jacqueline Kennedy was so taken by its beauty and historical significance that she had it installed in the White House in the 1960s. Rebuilt by Harry Truman as a sitting room, the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House was refurbished in 1960 during the Dwight Eisenhower administration in the style of the Federal period with antiques selected by New York interior designer Michael Greer. In 1962, with advice from American antiques expert Henry Francis du Pont, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had the room papered with antique French scenic wallpaper produced by Jean Zuber et Cie in Rixheim (Alsace), France c. 1834. The Zuber wallpaper, titled Scenes of North America, and features scenes of Boston Harbor, the Natural Bridge in Virginia, West Point, New York, Niagara Falls, and New York Harbor.
The sweeping panorama on the elliptical walls provide a sense of space negating the lack of windows. Additional Federal-era furniture was acquired, and upholsteries and the carpet furthered a soft gold and blue decor. ¤
Condition : West Point in New York 7 lenghts, Boston view 6 (of 7) lenghts, in total more than 21 feet (more than 6 meters) wide. Paper damaged on several places. Sold as is.


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