Persian Saddlebags Chair

“From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.” – Chapter 1, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Ricketts stated that the unusual and influential design of the book was in the style of an Aldine italic volume and a Persian saddle-book. 25 numbered …

St. Stephen’s Review, October 1, 1887, Pg. 26