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Designed by Daniel Marot, gilded leather.

Daniel Marot 1661 – 1752 French architect, furniture designer and engraver, and pupil of Jean le Pautre, was the son of Jean Marot who was also an architect and engraver.

Before there was wallpaper there was gilded leather. Wealthy homeowners decorated their walls with panels of leather such as these. Gilded leather is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually leather covered with a silver foil. To keep the silver from oxidizing a varnish was applied that gave it a golden color.

These photos were taken at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. This old printing company dates back to the and is filled with some fascinating old printing presses, antiquarian volumes, and of course walls decorated in gilded leather!

Embossed leather panel, with a symmetrical 'Louis XIV'-design of scroll diaper pattern with flowers. Plain leather, partly with a dark-brown and red ground, and heightened with gold. ca 1850, Paris | Dulud, Jacques Michel | V Museum, London

Leather panel

Embossed leather panel, with a symmetrical 'Louis XIV'-design of scroll diaper pattern with flowers. Plain leather, partly with a dark-brown and red ground, and heightened with gold.

embossed leather with color added-- a bit too much but just see the possibility

embossed leather with color added-- a bit too much but just see the possibility

Made by Olaug

On a local excursion, I visited an old friend of mine, Olaug, who at 88 still makes the most beautiful stamped and gilded leather.

From the Victoria and Albert Museum    another pinner said: Panel, detail. Embossed leather and polychrome. The Netherlands, c.1720-30.

Embossed leather and polychrome. The Netherlands, Copyright © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / V Images -- All rights reserved.

Embossed leather panel, with a symmetrical Louis XIV pattern which consists of lattice-work, a palmette, floral decoration and two parrots. Pattern in plain leather and heightened with gold, the ground painted in blue and red. ca 1850, Paris | Dulud, Jacques Michel | V Museum, London

Leather panel

Embossed leather panel, with a symmetrical Louis XIV pattern which consists of lattice-work, a palmette, floral decoration and two parrots. Pattern in plain leather and heightened with gold, the ground painted in blue and red.

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