The bold geometric pattern and refined
colorway of this harlequin paper is indicative
of the American fascination with turn of the
century French styles. The grid like
organization and neoclassical ornamentation is
found in many popular patterns from this
Adelphi surmises this paper was most likely
printed by Anthony Chardon, a French émigré
printer who began working in Philadelphia in
the 1790s. Documents have been found in two
Philadelphia locations. One is in the lining
of a trunk (in two colorways) that has the
initials "A.C." The other is a fragment owned
by The National Parks Service that comes from
the area around Independence Park.
This pattern would work in almost any room,
from a stair passage to a parlor or
Repeat 12 inches
Width 19˝ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.