Zuber wallpaper illustration – “Eldorado I”
Zuber wallpaper showroom illustration of their pattern “Eldorado I”.
One of a pair, sold together or separately. Price is for one.
The history of the Zuber & Cie Manufacture has this particularity that it is a very faithful image of the history of wallpaper in Europe. Founded in 1790 and installed in Rixheim (FRANCE) in 1797 in a former Teutonic Knights Commandery, it still prints today, making it the oldest wallpaper factory still active.
It has kept its archives since its origin. The size and continuity of the Zuber bottom make it unique in the world.
Since 1790, the Manufacture Zuber has retained one or more copies of each of its creations, about 130,000 documents. The main strength of this background remains its magnitude, especially during the first half of the nineteenth century and its unfailing continuity. Zuber also manufactures upholstery, leather and paint.
The Zuber Manufacture still uses a large part of its production (90% in 2012) for all the traditional handmade techniques that have been used since its inception, mainly printed on wooden planks carved from hand brushed old planks, of origin, classified “Historical Monuments.”
Traditional handmade techniques include the printing of scratches at the trough, brushing of iridescent bottoms, embossing or repoussé, veloutage or tontisse.
Meanwhile, in France around 1800, Zuber latched onto the popularity of the panoramic scene and started to produce scenes that didn’t repeat until the last panel so they could be installed in a room and create a never-ending panoramic effect. Unlike the Chinese papers, which were hand painted, these patterns were created via woodblock print.
El Dorado refers to the mythical city of great wealth, a symbol for great prosperity and abundance. Spanish for “the golden one”, originally El Hombre Dorado (the golden man), or El Rey Dorado (the golden king), was the term used by the Spanish Empire to describe a mythical tribal chief of the Muisca native people of Colombia, who, as an initiation rite, covered himself with gold dust and submerged in Lake Guatavita. The legends surrounding El Dorado changed over time, as it went from being a man, to a city, to a kingdom, and then finally an empire.A second location for El Dorado was inferred from rumors, which inspired several unsuccessful expeditions in the late 1500s in search of a city called Manõa on the shores of Lake Parime. Two of the most famous of these expeditions were led by Sir Walter Raleigh. In pursuit of the legend, Spanish conquistadors and numerous others searched Colombia, Venezuela, and parts of Guyana and northern Brazil for the city and its fabulous king. In the course of these explorations, much of northern South America, including the Amazon River, was mapped. By the beginning of the 19th century most people dismissed the existence of the city as a myth.
Zuber printed a panoramic scene of the mythical city. This illustration was used to show clients the entire scene of the wallpaper panel series. Release your inner conquistador. This is an inspired illustration of a fabled city which triggered so many expeditions and searches for wealth and gold by celebrated historical explorers. Keeping with the legend, this piece is framed in an elegant gold frame. Imagine what an entire wall of a fabulous mansion from the Gilded Age would have looked like embellished with this beautiful scene. Own a small piece of history in your home.