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Philadelphia Harlequin

American (Philadelphia) circa 1807


The bold geometric pattern and refined colorway of this harlequin paper is indicative of the American fascination with turn of the century French styles. The grid like organization and neoclassical ornamentation is found in many popular patterns from this period.

Adelphi surmises this paper was most likely printed by Anthony Chardon, a French émigré printer who began working in Philadelphia in the 1790s. Documents have been found in two Philadelphia locations. One is in the lining of a trunk (in two colorways) that has the initials “A.C.” The other is a fragment owned by The National Parks Service that comes from the area around Independence Park.

This pattern would work in almost any room, from a stair passage to a parlor or bedchamber.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 12 inches, width 19 ½ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 30.5 cm, 49.5 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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