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The history of wallpaper reflects the technological, artistic, and social developments that have taken place since the 15th century, when printing presses produced "dominos"-single sheets of block-printed patterns used to decorate walls. Hoskins, archivist for wallpaper manufacturer Sanderson & Sons, has assembled the writings of 15 decorative arts scholars whose goal is to show that wallpaper is a decorative art to be studied, appreciated, and preserved. Somewhat pedantic in writing style, this book succeeds in presenting the beauty of the papers' designs, particularly when showing the exquisitely vivid Chinese wallpapers of the 18th century and 19th-century French scenic papers. For interior design collections and those interested in historic preservation.-Gayle A. Williamson, Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Barbara Jacobs
Fourteen archivists, curators, and experts on decorative art have been gathered by editor Hoskins to display their collective knowledge of wallpaper. Lest the readers think the subject warrants only an abbreviated book, they should realize wallpaper has been around since the late 1400s. Provided here is a wealth of information--from ceiling papers and the applied art of Albrecht Durer to contemporary innovations in texture, design, and technology--and woodcuts, paintings, and photographs showing common bonds among householders of most nations; every part of the world professing to manufacture art for the walls is well covered. For those libraries with an extensive collection of books on design.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810937307
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 12.17 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Manifold Beginnings: Single-Sheet Papers 8
2 Flocks, Florals and Fancies: English Manufacture 1680-1830 22
3 The China Trade: Oriental Painted Panels 42
4 Luxury Perfected: The Ascendency of French Wallpaper 1770-1870 56
5 Arabesques and Allegories: French Decorative Panels 76
6 Wide Horizons: French Scenic Papers 94
7 An Ocean Apart: Imports and the Beginning of American Manufacture 114
8 The English Response: Mechanization and Design Reform 132
9 Proliferation: Late 19th-Century Papers, Markets and Manufacturers 150
10 Unsteady Progress: From the Turn of the Century to the Second World War 184
11 Post-War Promise: Pattern and Technology up to 1970 206
12 Off the Shelf: Design and Consumer Trends since 1970 226
Postscript: The Rescue and Care of Wallpapers 238
Notes 244
Bibliography 248
Glossary 250
Wallpaper Reference Collections Accessible to the Public 251
Additional Sources of Information 252
Suppliers of Historic Patterns 252
Index 254
Acknowledgments for Illustrations 256
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