Watts 1874 The Legend Room   Designed by Alidad

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Tableaux Scéniques

Tableaux Scéniques rewrite the rules for historical wallcoverings. Taking antique woven tapestries, we use the most sophisticated digital photomosaic photography to gently transcribe centuries-old designs into exquisite, digitally printed panoramic textiles and papers, suitable for upholstery, drapery and wallcovering. Persuading rich, historical narratives to talk again, Watts’ Tableaux Scéniques propel the subtleties of these age-worn designs into the 21st century.
Trastámara Tanned Ebony decorative mural printed on Cork
Inspiration drawn from a Portuguese six-leaf ‘japanned and painted eighteenth century leather screen’ housed in the Great Hall at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. Decorated in imitation coromandel lacquer with a series of cartouches depicting vases of flowers and temples with figures.   

The Crace Ceiling Panel 

At Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, A.W.N. Pugin and J.G. Crace were active in 1849-50 in refreshing the Gothic revival interiors for the Earl Somers. Although Pugin’s sketches for this commission clearly indicate his input into the design process, including furniture, he visited the house only once after it had been completed by Crace and his team, and was critical of what he saw. The ’Crace’ Ceiling Panel is taken from the Dining Room coffered ceiling at Eastnor, and is typical of the hand painted and gilded stylised naturalism that is common to their decorative work of that period. 

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