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Elmwood Floral

American, circa 1787-1790

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England.


The Elmwood Floral pattern is from the Cambridge, Massachusetts mansion of Thomas Oliver, built in 1767. It was the first of three layers found in the parlor behind a mid-19th century bookcase.

Because of the absence of a tax stamp on the reverse of the original document, it is unlikely to have been an English import. This charming flower and column design, which couples a sinuous central column with delicate vines, suggests that it could be the work of a French printer. However, in all probability this was a domestically produced pattern as indicated by the naïve rendering of specific color areas. Despite this lack of formal sophistication, Elmwood Floral is a striking pattern that creates a surprising illusion of three dimensional open space.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 20 ¾ inches, width 21 ⅛ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 52. cm, 53.7 cm, 10 m.



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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