Origins of Ruckers papers

It is well known that the patterns for the Ruckers decorative papers were taken from Renaissance pattern books (Pellegrino 1530, Sylvius 1554) which in turn had taken patterns from Islamic sources. I was in the British Museum last week and noticed this green and black tile from Iran or Central Asia, ca. 1450-1490. It struck me how similar it was to some of the ‘Ruckers’ patterns, such as this one (no. 8 in O’Brien, or ‘Little Mask’ in The Paris Workshop catalogue).

littlemask copy


Wow. The top half of the tile pattern could be repeated horizontally and be darn near ready to pass off as a Ruckers paper. Thanks for posting this. Such a neat museum.

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