[London: Dobbs of London, circa 1830].
Single sheet of stiff card, hand-cut, oblong oval (11 x 14 cm.), embossed with the publisher's name on the lower left. A superb late Georgian embossed paper pheasant with hand painted watercolor detailing. This beautiful embossed paper pheasant was produced plain in the 1820-30 period by Dobbs of London who were a firm of embossers, print publishers and "ornamental stationers to the King". The Regency period saw the introduction of the technique of embossing and it quickly became a very popular form of decoration. Dobbs were known for their use of embossed paper/card designs used in face screens, mourning cards, writing papers, visiting cards and envelopes, adapted to all the purposes of fashionable correspondence, drawing, writing, and wrapping papers etc. Painting and drawing were very popular pastimes in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The plain high relief/ embossed card was purchased from a stationer and the artist then set to work bringing the pheasant to life by the use of watercolor. Early dealer's pencil note. Hand-cut into an oval, not effecting text or image. Very good.