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Moses Grant Stripe

This bold stripe was found in the parlors of houses in Strawbery Banke and West Kennebunk, Maine. It was printed by Moses Grant Jr., who is documented as working in Boston from 1811-1817. It is typical of the strongly abstract, geometric “Harlequin” patterns popularized by the French in 1800. Americans printed many of these harlequin … Continued

Madison Damask

Adelphi Paper Hangings was commissioned to reproduce this pattern for the main parlor at Montpelier, the historic home of President James Madison. The version printed for Montpelier is flocked, since it is believed that a flocked paper was originally hung in the restored room ( the original Montpelier paper has not been identified). The version … Continued

Laurel Harlequin

This lovely geometric pattern was printed by Moses Grant Jr. and was found in the 2nd Harrison Gray Otis House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and built on Beacon Hill about 1800. The Otis’s moved from this house about 1806 and the paper was probably installed by Mrs. George Gibbs, a wealthy Newport widow, shortly after … Continued

King Caesar Stripe

This wallpaper was used in the parlor of the King Caesar House in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It is a copy of an original French paper, although the pattern is reversed, as was typical when patterns were traced and copied. (The original French version is installed at Gore Place in Waltham, MA.) Fortunately, the American version was … Continued

French Wave

If one pattern, printed in one colorway, were used to illustrate the exuberance of early 19th century French wallpaper this might very well be it. The pairing of a strong pinkwith arsenic green, the fluid linear field and stabilizing, neo-classical diamonds will create an environment not for faint of heart.

Franklin Stripe

Both the Franklin Stripe pattern and the Franklin Frieze, shown with the historic colorway, above, as well as the Franklin Border are from the historic Meeting of the Waters house in Franklin, Tennessee. Built by Thomas Hardin Perkins in 1810, near the confluence of the Harpeth and West Harpeth Rivers, this fine Federal style house … Continued

Fancy Ashlar

This unusual ashlar, with its fancifully specific veined stone delineated by a double dotted band, is difficult to assign a country of origin. The boldness of design and color choices suggests it could be French, while the loose rendering of the marbling may give credence to an American manufacturer. Ashlars of this scale were intended … Continued

Coffered Rosette

Architectural patterns such as the Coffered Rosette, which today might seem to be intended for a ceiling, were, in the 19th century, typically used as a sidewall paper for a large public space, such as a hall or stairway.The original document for Adelphi’s reproduction of this pattern was found covering the lid of a well-used … Continued

Blue Hill Stripe

Discovered in the parlor of an 1803 Federal house in Blue Hill, Maine this dramatic pattern is an excellent example of the melding of two motifs: one, a set of stripes and the other a dense, overall foliate. The concise interplay between these two components, plus the bold use of colors, strongly suggest a French … Continued

Bixby Vine & Drapery

The Bixby Vine and Drapery pattern is similar to patterns being printed by Moses Grant, Jr. during the same time period. Nevertheless, it is thought that the document of this pattern was probably not from the Grant factory but was a copy. Two examples are known to exist. One is found lining a hide covered … Continued