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Ornament and Stripe

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

Neoclassical Squares

With two distinct versions of this pattern available in early 19th century America, and two additional reproductions offered by mid-20th century manufacturers, this pattern must certainly have been hung in a great many homes over the last 200 years. The original document used to prepare our version is from the archives at Colonial Williamsburg. Another … Continued

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

Jefferson Trellis

Thomas Jefferson’s records of purchases for his Virginia home, Monticello, clearly indicate that French wallpapers, were ordered for several rooms. However, today it is only the North Octagonal Room for which any discernable evidence of a wallcovering exists and this is only in “ghost” images – areas where pigments bled through the paper and onto … 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