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Tussie-Mussie Trellis

Designed and printed with the ever popular format of light color mirroring dark on a medium ground – white and black on grey in this case – Tussie Mussie Trellis creates a striking sense of structural depth, primarily in the shadows of the honeycomb trellis. Fragments of this pattern were discovered in the hall of … Continued

Fancy Sprig

This pattern, a rather more elaborate rendition of sprigs, or variations of it, were obviously popular during the late 18th century; we know of at least three versions, most likely printed by different companies. Two use three printed colors, the third with just two. Our reproduction of Fancy Sprig was commissioned by the Mount Vernon … Continued

Cory Diamond

Before the Revolutionary War, most wallpaper installed in Colonial homes was imported from England or, to a lesser extent, France. There are a few reference to pre-War manufacturers in New York and Philadelphia but none in New England. However, after the War, the numbers of wallpaper manufacturers increased rapidly. Cory Diamond is an example of … Continued

Adena Pin Ring – Patrick Mele Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designer Patrick Mele to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.                 Read more about Patrick Mele and what inspired him to create the colorways.  This small figured pattern was installed in the library of Thomas Worthington’s house, Adena, in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1808. The … Continued

Ribbon Sprig – Patrick Mele Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designer Patrick Mele to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.                  Read more about Patrick Mele and what inspired him to create the colorways.  Ribbon Sprig was discovered in Concord, Massachusetts and may have originated in Boston, but it is of sufficiently high quality … Continued

Boston Floral Stripe – Patrick Mele Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designer Patrick Mele to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.                 Read more about Patrick Mele and what inspired him to create the colorways.  Found lining an early box from New Hampshire, this pattern was printed with a very small block measuring approximately 10″ … Continued

Diana – Patrick Mele Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designer Patrick Mele to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.                 Read more about Patrick Mele and what inspired him to create the colorways.  Examples of this pattern have been discovered in Acton and Plymouth, Massachusetts, Suffield, Connecticut as well the House of the … Continued

Old Manse Vine

The delicately undulating vine design which still lines a bedchamber closet at The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, was installed between 1790 and 1800. The house was built by Reverend William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather, and his wife Phoebe who chose this wallpaper for the upstairs bedchamber. Later, when writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia … Continued

Lear’s Folly

Unlike other French wallpapers of this period, ones which receive accolades for the many colors printed with steady handed precision, this pattern – found in New Hampshire – was destined for a different market. The paints were thin. The printing registration was somewhat casual. Even the paper stock had been repurposed – the wallpaper was printed on the … Continued

Trophies

This pattern is replete with juxtapositions. Not only do groupings of the tools of war – a shield, sword, flag and a quiver with arrows alternate with gatherings of flowers and foliage but the two muscular scaled and barbed stripes have to contend with a delicate shifting line of bell shapes. It is this last motif which frames … Continued