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Anthemion Frieze with Arthur and Robert Stripe

This pattern was printed by the famous Parisian firm of Arthur et Robert. (Gouvenier Morris took Thomas Jefferson on a day trip to visit “Old man Arthur’s wallpaper factory” when they both lived in Paris.) A patent sample dated 1799 is on file at the Cabinet des Estampes of the Bibiliotheque Nationale; another example the … Continued

Washington’s New Room Border

George Washington named his last addition to his Mount Vernon mansion the New Room. It was a multi-functional, formal space used to showcase art, receive visitors and sometimes for dining. Fragments of this border were discovered during restorations in 1902 and 1950 and were used to attempt a reproduction. While an important find, neither fragment … Continued

Walpole Border

This versatile border pattern was used to trim Walpole Damask pattern in Horace Walpole’s bedchamber at Strawberry Hill. Recolored, it would work well with the Webb House Damask or other large patterns of the period.

Virchaux Swan Frieze

The Swan Frieze and its coordinating Virchaux Drapery pattern were both designed by the internationally known architect Josef Ramée, in Philadelphia. Ramée, who had previous wallpaper manufacturing experience while in Belgium, entered into partnership with Henry Virchaux, a French émigré printer working in Philadelphia. This paper was one of many they submitted for patent protection … Continued

Van Cortlandt Border

This border is typical of fashionable French designs of the period. It was found in the dining room of Frederick Van Cortlandt’s home in the Bronx, NY, where it framed the Van Cortlandt Rosette. Printed with twelve colors, the result is a highly detailed and three dimensional image which contrasts with the more subtle, but … Continued

Strawberry Hill Border

Like the Strawberry Hill Plaid, with which it was installed, this border was printed with a very thin, somewhat transparent paint. Wallpaper patterns in the 18th century were often derived from more costly textile designs; it seems plausible that some of the motifs in this border were derived from fabric trims.

Sayre Sawtooth Border

This border was found hung in the 1807 Sayre House in Milford, New York. The bold use of geometry typifies the fashion around the turn of the century. It is narrow and appropriate for any paper 1795 – 1815.

Sayre Arcade Border

This border was found at the 1807 Sayre House in Milford, New York. The pattern imitates gimp or fabric edging but, in keeping with other fashion principles of the time, it has a very strong geometry coupled with a neoclassical orange and black color combination.

Sawtooth and Guilloche Border

This pattern was discovered hanging with a plain paper on the walls of Selsø Slot (castle) in Denmark. Of French origin, it dates from about 1800. It is representative of the fashion for geometric and abstracted organic forms that swept the wallpaper world beginning almost exactly at the beginning of the 19th century. It can … Continued

Rose and Sprig Border

The Rose and Sprig Border was found in an abandoned tavern in Maine along with Adelphi’s Moses Grant Stripe. The pattern is typical of the narrow borders used at the end of the 18th and early-19th centuries. They were placed at every margin, including window and door architrave moldings, as well as at the ceiling, … Continued