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Image shows wallpaper with trompe l'oeil design of Gothic architecture. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Gothic Revival Wallpaper
A striking Gothic Revival wallpaper with a fairly large repeat, made possible by the woodblock printing. Inspired by Gothic cathedral architecture this design contains two different views: one showing a very deep perspective looking through a chamber with vaulted ceilings, into another with columns, and arched windows and doors, while the other view is a...
Image shows striped wallpaper design with attached lithograph of room interior. Please scroll down to read the blog post this object.
Sample Books Offer Clues to Decor Trends
Wallpaper sample books are one of the lesser known areas of the Wallcoverings department. While sample books can vary greatly in quality and size, each has a story to tell, offering insights into period color trends and wall treatments. The earliest surviving American sample book was produced by the Janes & Bolles Company, in business...
Image features a wallpaper pattern of pharmaceuticals, appearing like the Physician's Desk Reference. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Pill By Any Other Name…
Wallpaper is available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with a design, color, or texture to suit every taste. Leave it to Damien Hirst to throw some kinks into this usually conservative medium. This pharmaceutical design is an unusual theme for wallpaper but was very on-point for the restaurant for which it was...
Image shows a wallpaper containing a gold heart within a fetterlock or shackle, surrounded by entwined ropes and the initials L and M. Please scroll down for further information on this object.
A.W.N. Pugin Design for Lee Castle
This is another wallpaper design by A.W.N. Pugin in the museum collection. Pugin began designing wallpapers in the early 1840s, and was the most prolific wallpaper designer of the 19th century, designing more patterns than even William Morris. He created a number of private commissions for large country houses, as well as papers for more general...
Image shows a neoclassical-style wallpaper with an image of two figures on a plateau alternating with a foliate wreath. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Two Maidens and a Wreath
This is a Colonial Revival wallpaper acquired during the tenure of the museum founders, Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. This is a 20th century machine-printed reproduction of an early 19th century design. Given the contemporary date of this piece, and the crease across the middle of the paper, when received by the museum this sample was pasted into...
Image features wallpaper panel showing arabesque of large acanthus rinceaux, tulips, and wiry scrolls, with large perching peacocks whose tails hang downward. The predominent colors are shades of blue, green, and brown. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Relaxing with the Peacocks
This post was originally published on March 5, 2016. Wallpaper can be used to create a very personal space, one reflecting the style and/or temperament of its creator, or possibly to inspire the desired mood. The myriad wallpapers in production at any given time range from ultra-minimal and loose, to dense pattern-rich designs. Peacock Garden,...
The image features a wallpaper design of a landscape scene with trees containing fall-colored leaves. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Warm Tones Set the Fall Mood
Walking through Central Park I enjoyed seeing all the brightly colored leaves in the trees, while the fallen leaves crunched underfoot. I thought this wallpaper with its warm colors and hints of green seemed to beautifully capture the essence of the fall day. This is a fairly stylized landscape scene which includes trees, vines, and...
Image shows a landscape view around Paris. Please scroll down for a further description of this piece.
A View Around Paris
One lesser known area of the Cooper Hewitt’s collection are folding screens covered with wallpaper. Many of these contain panels from scenic wallpapers mounted on the face of the screen. Today’s object is an eight-panel folding screen containing a scene called Environs de Paris from the scenic paper titled “Jardín Baujon beí Neuílly.” This is...
The image shows a modernist floral wallpaper printed in a monochrome yellow colorway. Please scroll down for additional information on this wallpaper.
Who is Phyllis?
This is a modernist wallpaper from Germany, designed in the 1920s. It is printed in a more or less monochrome color palette which gives it a rather textural look. I was drawn to this design by the extravagant and very fluid design of the flowers which at first glance I thought were dancers in elaborate...