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Jay Moire

There is a long practiced tradition of wallpaper imitating other decorative materials: stone, wood and, most notably, textiles such as drapery and lace. Jay Moire, depicting a fine silk, is another such example. In 1844 in his diary William Jay noted about his visit to the Palace de L’Elysees: “Some of the apartments are hung … Continued

Gore Place Sprig

Gore Place Sprig , a surprisingly modern rendition of the always popular sprig-type design, belongs in relatively sparsely populated design category: the major negative area of the pattern – the background – is the block printed portion. It is the “tree” shape which is the color of the ground paint, showing through the holes in … Continued

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

Tussie-Mussie Trellis

Designed and printed with the ever popular format of light color mirroring dark on a medium ground – white and black on grey in this case – Tussie Mussie Trellis creates a striking sense of structural depth, primarily in the shadows of the honeycomb trellis. Fragments of this pattern were discovered in the hall of … Continued

Fancy Sprig

This pattern, a rather more elaborate rendition of sprigs, or variations of it, were obviously popular during the late 18th century; we know of at least three versions, most likely printed by different companies. Two use three printed colors, the third with just two. Our reproduction of Fancy Sprig was commissioned by the Mount Vernon … Continued

Cory Diamond

Before the Revolutionary War, most wallpaper installed in Colonial homes was imported from England or, to a lesser extent, France. There are a few reference to pre-War manufacturers in New York and Philadelphia but none in New England. However, after the War, the numbers of wallpaper manufacturers increased rapidly. Cory Diamond is an example of … 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

Blanchard Ashlar

One mark of a successful block printed pattern is when multiple design characteristics are rendered with just a few blocks. In the case of this ashlar (originally installed in the Medford, Massachusetts home of Andrew Blanchard) not only are the tools of dimensionality – bright highlights and accompanying shadows – depicted, but the nearly geologically accurate marbling is … 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