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Ada Harris

American, circa 1810-1820


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 of the exuberant colorways popular in that area.

Probably printed in Albany, certain aspects of the pattern are reminiscent of stenciling. Specific design elements such as the pointed lozenges and small leaf sprigs are very similar in size and shape to those found in Adelphi’s Middlefield Sprig and Pineapples. The vertical, columnar arrangement of paisley motifs and laurel sprigs is typical of the 1810-20 period. Free from the influence of the French aesthetic so prevalent at the time, this is a great example of American wallpaper.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 16 inches, width 18 ½ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 40.6 cm, 47 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Greek Key Border

French, circa 1810-1825


Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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