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Cone Vine

Very little is known about this rather fanciful pattern. A near pristine example was discovered lining the inside of a domed topped, faux-mahogany grained box. While drafting a pattern from the interior of a container was tricky, the colors were fairly true and easy to match, having not been exposed to light. Our sources have … Continued

Trumpet Vine

Employing botanically correct, highly rendered blossoms and foliage of the plant Campsis radicans, the basic structure of Trumpet Vine a simple diamond – is partially obscured. Two identical configurations of flowers and leaves alternate down the length of the pattern, switching between left and right orientations. A large, but incomplete fragment of the pattern is … Continued

Farnsworth Damask

Construction on the Farnsworth Homestead, in Rockland, Maine began in 1854 for William Farnsworth – a successful local businessman. This large-scale damask is typical of patterns which were intended for parlors and hallways of mid-19th century homes. The proliferation of C scrolls and acanthus scrolls were embellished with metallic bronze infills which create a sense … Continued

Florence Place Foliate – Brockschmidt & Coleman Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman from Brockschmidt & Coleman to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.  Read more about Brockschmidt & Coleman and what inspired them to create the colorways.  The Florence Place house is no longer at its original site but at another location in Louisiana. It is … Continued

Soane Diaper – Brockschmidt & Coleman Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman from Brockschmidt & Coleman to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.  Read more about Brockschmidt & Coleman and what inspired them to create the colorways.  An entire wall of this diaper pattern was uncovered beneath layers of paint during the initial stages of renovating … Continued

Renaissance Strapwork – Brockschmidt & Coleman Colorway

Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman from Brockschmidt & Coleman to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers. Read more about Brockschmidt and Coleman and what inspired them to create the colorways.  Renaissance Strapwork was one of many layers of patterns found in the principal upstairs bedchamber of a Greek Revival … Continued

Hermitage Maple Leaf – 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.  Wallpaper designers often strove to evoke other materials in their patterns. In this example the use of thin tone-on-tone diagonal lines was … Continued

Geranium Trellis

Chinese trellis designs seem to be the inspiration for this British pattern.  Although there was not a complete repeat of this pattern, which was discovered lining a trunk, there was sufficient information for a successful reconstruction. With its rambling vines, strict trellis structure and subtly shifting hexagonal lozenge shapes, this pattern illustrates a fine and … Continued

Kennebunk Foliate

Remnants of this machine printed pattern were discovered in a front room of the Samuel Simpson House in Kennebunk, Maine. Though the Federal style house was built circa 1820, this wallpaper was not installed until the mid-century. Unlike similar designs which combine pin dots and foliage, this one places the dots on the foliage, rather than on the … Continued

Quarter Sawn Oak

From the archives of Historic New England, Boston. Although the original wallpaper was machine printed, the precise design structure allowed for an easy translation to block printing. This type of pattern may have been designed to be used as a wainscot decoration.