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Image features white wallpaper with olive green scrollwork from which fern-like foliage sprouts. Monkeys, dressed in costumes of ultra-bright green, blue, red and pink, are perched on the scrollwork and involved in human activities such playing musical instruments and blowing bubbles. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Monkeying Around
Scrolling framework twists and curls along the length of this wallpaper, Singeries, which was screen printed by Piazza Prints Inc. and is dated to 1965. Winding along these curling sections are delicate green fronds that look to be from a fern or palm tree as their leaves reach outwards. Between the framework and fronds is...
Image shows multi-panel scenic wallpaper of alpine scene, in sequence left to right. a) Nine cows before two huts. Large waterfall; b) Five cows before stone-based hut; c) Ten cows crossing bridge over waterfall, large single rock above cows; d) River landscape with distant valley. Six spruce trees in foreground, with berries and blossoms in immediate foreground; e) Clearing with single tree. Two goats, f) Rocky landscape with cap-like peak on horizon. Single thin tree in upper third of panel. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Landscape Escape
Wall-hangings throughout the centuries have come in a variety of forms and materials, tapping upon subject matter that is just as diverse. During the late 1700’s and early 1800’s scenic wallpapers came into production and swept through Europe, most notably in their place of origin, France. They are thought to have been created in a...
Image shows a nursery wallpaper with images from different rhymes. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Rhyming around the Nursery
Gazing at this carefully organized menagerie surrounded by creatures of all sorts and softly, scrolling vines, this wallpaper entices our eyes to flit from scene to scene. In one section, we notice a spider looming next to a small girl and in the next a mischievous cat plays a fiddle. As this continues, we slowly...
Image shows wallpaper printed with sun and moon motifs in tones of bright red. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
This Sun Never Sets
Just as burning curiosity turns our heads heavenwards to investigate the mysteries of the sky, this wallpaper seizes our gaze through its fiery appeal, beckoning us to contemplate it’s piercing reds and swirling repeats. Eerie but whimsical faces peer back at the viewer, each sun has a small grin in one moment and a perfectly...
Image features tropical or summer scenes of swimming, a cabana, and women lounging pool side. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this paper.
Summer on the Horizon
Now that summer is upon us it is easy to envision the warm breezes of summer or the possibility of taking a trip to a tropical getaway. In this wallpaper manufactured by United Wallpapers we can at least have a convincing staycation. Cheerful blues, greens, and yellows adorn this upbeat paper which depicts figures relaxing...
Image shows an ethereal view of Windsor Castle seen through a clearing in the trees. Please scroll down for a further description of this wallpaper.
Shades of Windsor
Wrapped in a warm summer haze, a pair of birds, at the center of the composition, overlook a flowing stream surrounded by a flower filled landscape. The famed Windsor Castle idly appears in the background, surveying the quiet scene below. Hushed yellows and greys, in addition to the creamy white background, create an almost ethereal...
Image shows a stylized camel caravan crossing the desert. Please scroll down for a discussion of this image.
Rivers in the Desert
Dunes flow over one another in waves as caravans of people and camels navigate the treacherous terrain of the Sahara. The oscillating lines that the figures stand on are reminiscent of a winding river or the ocean surf. While this composition is relatively simple, its whimsical elements, such as the faces of the camels and...
Image contains a repeat of wallpaper with large flowering tree with stylized birds, butterflies and cobwebs. Please scroll down for a more complete description of this image.
Out of the Cobwebs
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. When describing wallpaper, Marthe Armitage, the designer of this paper, has said “Wallpaper… should be seen and not heard. It should provide a background in a home, and should not make you feel you have to look...
Image is a wallpaper with a non-directional pattern of stars, shooting stars, crescent moons and the planet Saturn, printed in navy blue and white on a light blue ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Looking At a Star
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Long before the space race and the potential of space travel, humans have always been fascinated with the stars as tools for better understanding our world and our place in it. Naturally, artists and designers also take...