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Wallpaper In Vogue

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I love to use historic hand printed wallpapers in the spaces I create, and they really are a signature of my high end classic interior. Recently the illustrious antiques dealer Mallett had a spectacular exhibition of vintage wallpapers titled “Wallpapers In Vogue” in collaboration with Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, the renowned expert in the field.

The exhibition included a number of papers that were shown for the first time in the United States, and I was thrilled to have been able to view some of these outrageously beautiful works of art in person. This was a sampling of the best of the best, and one of the most extensive selections of French wallpapers that has been assembled in America for many years.

Mallet was the perfect venue for such a collection. Sadly the exhibition has ended, but not to worry – one can still enjoy all the beauty of what I was able to enjoy in Carrolle Thibaut-Pomerantz’s stunning new book, “Wallpaper: a history of style and Trends.”

The panoramic scenic, Les Rives du Bosphore, was designed and printed by Joseph Dufour before 1812.

The panoramic scenic, Les Rives du Bosphore, was designed and printed by Joseph Dufour before 1812.

Jardin Anglais, formerly known as Jardin de Bagatelle, was manufactured by  Joseph Dufour’s Mâcon firm in Paris before 1804 and designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin.

Jardin Anglais, formerly known as Jardin de Bagatelle, was manufactured by Joseph Dufour’s Mâcon firm in Paris before 1804 and designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin.

Jardin de Bagatelle (detail).

Jardin de Bagatelle (detail).

Standing in front of “Jardin Anglais” I’m wearing a slate blue corduroy jacket with leather and steel buttons, by Gucci, a white and forest green stripe shirt with french cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet Paris white and forest green retro print silk pocket square, black wool flannel pant by Gucci, “Blue jeans” blue leather belt with silver buckle by Hermes, Lanvin teal/turquoise suede sneakers.

16 Comments

  1. Paper Doll says:

    I love wallpapers since I am made of paper!!!!!!!

    Kisses

    Paper Doll

  2. Edie B. says:

    We had great papers until mother decided to paint the walls with yellow and aquamarine…….

    have a lovely day James

    Edie

  3. What you’re wearing blends perfectly with the beautiful wallpaper behind you.

  4. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Die Landschaften die die Wallpapers zeigen sind unendlich schön, es wär gut wenn heutzutage solche meisterstücke gemacht würden…….

    Liebe Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  5. Super Trooper says:

    love wallpapers, specially these ones! you look fantastic!

    ST

  6. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James,

    Things used to be so fantastic before, I wish I could have a time machine. These wallpapers are so beautiful, nothing compares to the past, love the style of old times.

    Hugs,

    Christian

  7. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Dear James,

    You should visit my old town house in the south of France, I have wonderful wallpapers there, you would adore them, are very similar to these.

    Hugs,

    Marie Freiin von Spiering

  8. Monaco Girl says:

    Les Rives du Bosphore is my favorite one!

  9. Sabrina Johnson says:

    Hello James,

    I ADORE it! Could you bring some of them to decorate my home 😉 ???

    love,

    Sabrina

  10. Secret Admirer says:

    You are the best of the best…….

  11. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    Lieber James,

    Ich bin sehr begeistert, jeden Tag zeigst Du schönere Sachen, WIJW ist heutzutage meine lieblings Beschäftigung!

    Liebe Grüsse

    Johann

  12. Lola Montes says:

    Hola James,

    Me encantan los temas que están en los papeles tapiz, mostraban las actividades y la vida de la época, el amor por los jardines, el mar, son una cosa maravillosa y me alegra que los exhiban para que las personas vean cómo estaba la vida tan llena de estilo en tiempos anteriores.

    Besos

    Lola

  13. Absolutely in Love says:

    I love the wallpapers, I love you!

  14. Tom Cavendish says:

    Hello James,

    I was traveling the last two weeks, I´m glad I´m back to your wonderful stories!

    Hugs

    Tom

  15. Dean says:

    James, Beautiful !

    Dean

  16. Alexandra Rhys-Jones says:

    My dinning room has a lovely wallpaper, a very old one, you should see it!

    best Regards,

    Alexandra

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