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Middlefield Sprig

Unlike contemporary wallpaper patterns, those of the 19th century tended to remain in a manufacture’s line for many years. Adelphi’s Middlefield Sprig pattern is an example. Stylistically, the pattern could date from as early as about 1825. A large fragment from about this time was found in a doctor’s house in Middlefield, New York, printed … Continued

French Coffered

This elegant ceiling paper was found in a store in New Berlin, New York, pasted to the plaster between shelves. No doubt it was a bit of leftover stock used to “fancy up” the premises. The extremely skilled use of grisaille to suggest light and shadow renders it strikingly three dimensional, a classic attribute of … Continued

Flowerbaskets

Adelphi’s Janes & Bolles Collection is reproduced from the earliest known American wallpaper sample book, now in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village. It was produced by the firm of Janes & Bolles, which operated from 1822-1827 in Hartford, Connecticut. The sample book provides 22-inch square samples of each pattern, with alternate colorways for most … Continued

Cooperstown Bouquet

This splendid example of a provincial “Rainbow” pattern was discovered lining a small trunk in Fly Creek, New York. Attempting to imitate the shimmering effect of woven silk, the rainbow or irisé (pronounced eer-ee-zay) technique was invented by Michel Spoerlin in 1819 in the French region of Alsace. Rainbow wallpaper became wildly popular in France … Continued

Collins Place Medallion

Sizeable fragments of this pattern were discovered, pasted to the sheathing at “Collins Place” in North Reading, Massachusetts. While the structure itself dates from approximately 1785 the wallpaper was added at a later date. Though it consists of only one printed color on a ground the design structure produces a deceptively elegant pattern when installed. … Continued

Coffered Squares

Adelphi’s Janes & Bolles Collection is reproduced from the earliest known American wallpaper sample book, now in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village. It was produced by the firm of Janes & Bolles, which operated from 1822-1827 in Hartford, Connecticut. The sample book provides 22-inch square samples of each pattern, with alternate colorways for most … Continued

Circle Ornament

Adelphi’s Janes & Bolles Collection is reproduced from the earliest known American wallpaper sample book, now in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village. It was produced by the firm of Janes & Bolles, which operated from 1822-1827 in Hartford, Connecticut. The sample book provides 22-inch square samples of each pattern, with alternate colorways for most … Continued

Chevron and Laurel

This pattern was discovered hanging in the broad entry hall of a Greek Revival farmhouse in Schuylerville, New York. Of French origin, the pattern dates from about 1825. Unlike the other patterns found in the same house (Adelphi’s Grapevine Frieze and Greek Key Border), it was not stamped with a maker’s mark, although it is … Continued

Bull’s Head Medallion

A very few fragments of this medallion pattern were discovered pasted directly to the wood sheathing of a second floor room at the Bull’s Head Inn in Cobleskill, New York, just 14 miles from our workshop in Sharon Springs. The building was originally constructed as an inn for Lambert Lawyer; it was transformed into a … Continued

Ada Harris

This wonderful, folksy paper, clearly American in style and design, was found in the home of Ada Harris, a legendary antiques dealer from upstate New York. The house was originally a tavern in Sangerfield, along the post road from Boston to Buffalo. Ms. Harris claimed the paper was from an upstairs bedchamber; it is typical … Continued