Germany or Italy, 18th century. Embossed in a floral design, sized & dusted with gold, and color stenciled in a diagonal pattern in blues, yellow, orange, and pink. Decorated area measures 15 x 12 inches (on a sheet 16 1/2 x 14). Previously folded in half (as usual). About fine. Item #18195
In this example, the stencils weren't positioned perfectly; some colors are clearly observable in the left margin, with an uncolored right margin. These beautiful papers were created in Germany and Italy throughout the 18th century, until about 1820. Craftsmen in both countries freely borrowed each other's designs. Earlier papers were used as book covers; later, their use extended to endpapers. These papers were always stored folded in half, survivors have a fold line. Full, unused sheets are rare.