[Germany, late c18 or early c19]. Broadside scene 11 1/2 x 14 on a 14 x 16 1/2 blue paste ground. There are three horizontal panels with 2 scenes in each. The story begins with troubadours (who may be singing this tale) under a tree, a fortress-like castle on a hill, and a distressed damsel appealing to clergy in a church cell. There follows severall dramatic clashes between knights. The story ends in a garlanded bower with the union of the knight and his lady. The gold is in very good condition. A bright example of this rare paper. Item #16833
These beautiful papers, in imitation of brocade, were created in Germany and Italy, throughout the 18th century until about 1820. The papers were printed either by wood blocks or by engraved metal rollers, which covered the paper with sizing or paste. Gold was dusted onto the size; and, when the size dried, superfluous gold was brushed off. For raised gold, the size was thickened with yellow ochre or red lead.