Original chineese wallpaper from approx. 1780
Transferring the pattern
Handpainting on distemper using watercolours
Original and copy during the museum's approval process
Hand-painted wallpaper - details
Wallpapering and painting at the museum
Original wallpaper in a frame
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Gammel Estrup - The Manor Museum works with Danish manor houses, covering all aspects of manor life: interior design, painting, furniture, family life, servants' lives, and much more.
Gammel Estrup is home to the Danish Centre for Manor Research, which is run in cooperation between Gammel Estrup - Manor Museum, Aarhus University, the National Museum and Aarhus School of Architecture.
Copying an original Chinese wallpaper
In the attic of Gammel Estrup, the museum found an original and well-preserved handmade Chinese wallpaper from around 1780.
The museum wanted a copy made for the Count's Tower Room
Zilmers underwent a thorough approval process and was ultimately hired to create this unique wallpaper. The wallpaper is made of acid-free drawing paper in sheets measuring 65cm in height, 130cm in width.
The wallpaper sheets were painted using handmade distemper paint.
The pattern was copied directly from the original wallpaper, which was transferred to the new sheets and then hand-painted using high-quality watercolors.
The Danish National Museum has analysed the original paper and paints to ensure the process is similar to the original process.
Before the makeover
New canvas and plain wallpaper creates a firm base
A New-Old look appearing
Wallpapering craftsmanship and knowhow
Beautiful handpainted Chinese wallpaper
A new room
Beautiful and partly original interior in The Count's Tower Room
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