Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Image features a wallpaper with a rather random pattern of scrolls, printed in muted blue and tan. Please scroll down to read the blog posts about this object.
Washable Watercolor Effects
Here is a wallpaper that is quite beautiful though difficult to describe. Rather atmospheric in effect, kind of a blend of crashing waves and tie-dye. If you start looking at the details there appears to be a scrolling acanthus motif which can be seen in the lower right, with a mirror image of this in...
Image features a wallpaper illustrating the tale of a Thousand and One Nights. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
These Walls are Telling Stories
This is an exquisitely printed wallpaper illustrating the Thousand and One Nights tale. The story is told through a series of five frames or portals, each of which alternates with a smaller frame which remains constant. Each of the scenes is printed in brilliant colors with an ombre sky that shades from orange to blue....
Image features tan wallpaper showing a pillar and arch design with a very deep perspective. Please scroll down to read the blog post this object.
Pillar of the Unknown
This is a pillar and arch paper, the format of which was introduced in England in the late eighteenth century. These papers consisted of a series of pillars and arches, with any variety of motifs used to occupy the space under the arch. The scale and repeat size was usually quite large so these designs...
Image features a wallpaper commemorating the Paris Exposition of 1855. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Walls Celebrate Industrial Progress
Wallpapers have a long history of celebrating innovations in technology, especially when it involves mobility. Early steam-powered locomotives and paddle boats, automobiles and airplanes are frequent themes. Feats of civil engineering including the Brooklyn Bridge are also highlighted. Here is a wallpaper celebrating industrial progress. This paper is commemorating the Exposition Universelle of 1855, the...
Image features a vinyl wallcovering with a dense pattern of thick yellow rings rendered in trompe l'oeil. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Wallcovering for your Sweet Tooth
In case these gray winter skies are getting you down, here is a perky wallpaper to brighten the mood. Aptly titled “Life Savers,” this wallcovering enlivened the interiors market sometime in the early 1970s. The design consists of circles, or life savers if you will, tightly aligned in polka dot fashion. The front of each...
Image features a wallpaper with a repeating floral bouquet printed on Tyvek. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Scrubbable Flowers, Pre-pasted Even
This delicate floral design by Lanette Scheeline was one of the early wallcoverings printed on Tyvek. The design consists of a fairly small repeat, actually, a single small bouquet of mixed flowers, perhaps wildflowers, repeated two across the width and repeating vertically on the diagonal. The flowers are rendered in a stylized manner, and printed...
Image features a wallpaper with two landscape views containing boys and dogs, surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Boys and Dogs
This is a reproduction wallpaper about which very little is known. The Diament company was an importer so presumably the paper came from Europe. It closely copies a paper originally produced by the Parisian firm Jules Desfossé in 1856, woodblock-printed in five colors. The design is divided into two separate views: the top view shows...
Image features a wallpaper frieze with a bucolic scene of rolling hills, while picket fences, and groves of trees. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Dining with the Poppies
This is a fun frieze, also known as a wide border, produced in America during the early years of the twentieth century. It captures a bucolic scene of rolling hills, white picket fences, and fields of red poppies. I almost expect to see horses trotting by, or cows grazing. The design has a deep perspective...
Image features an Empire-style wallpaper with two figural landscape views. Please scroll to read the blog post about this object.
Roses and Music, or Cat and Mouse
This wallpaper format is fairly typical of a new genre that appeared following the upheaval of the French Revolution. The designs consist of one or two landscape views which alternate with one or two smaller secondary elements. These are almost always printed over a spotted or otherwise patterned ground. This particular design contains two each...