Stephanie Bogin and Madhu Rani assessing condition of wall paintings in the Sheesh Mahal. © Courtauld Institute of Art

Stephanie Bogin and Madhu Rani assessing condition of wall paintings in the Sheesh Mahal. © Courtauld Institute of Art

Stephanie Bogin and Madhu Rani assessing condition of wall paintings in the Sheesh Mahal. © Courtauld Institute of Art More»

Stephanie Bogin and Madhu Rani assessing condition of wall paintings in the Sheesh Mahal. © Courtauld Institute of Art

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      This orange-brown colored tapestry was so in fashion in the late 17th century wealthy patrons ordered matching furniture upholstery to complement this unusual shade.

      The shade became known as tabac d’Espagne, or Spanish tobacco.

      Tapestry: The Offering to Bacchus from The Grotesque Series, about 1690 - 1730, Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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