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This is fantastic -- I could see it in a hot color instead of grisaille, the perfect background for a Post-modernist indoor- outdoor room or for a study that you want to be stimulating. The integration of Turkish -- and supposedly, freely interpreted "Turkish" -- motifs into European art, music and decor has a long history I wish you'd blog about. This wallpaper is an extremely hip comment on all that.

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HOLLY ALDERMAN art director

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    basics
      • rolls 54 in. w
      • FSC certified papers
      • superb prints for framing
      • retouched, subtle patina
      • curtain fabrics - 42/54 in. w
          oyster linens
          polished cotton
          denim, silks, poly
          fine art canvas
      • print window shades
      • print rooms




    frequently asked...

    • 1 • 
    "grisaille"?
       (griz-i)
    - from French, "gris"
    means: all grays.
    Decoration in tones
    of a single color
    especially gray,
    also monochrome
    painting particularly
    for large walls
    for dramatic effect
    of light and shade
    and a pronounced
    sense of three-
    dimensionality.
    Renaissance artists
    used grisaille to
    depict or imitate
    relief sculpture
    in paintings.


    • 2 •
    "sepia"?
    - Latinized Greek.
    Brown or reddish-
    brown color named
    after the brown
    pigment derived
    from the ink sac
    of the common
    cuttlefish, named
    Sepia, used for
    writing, drawing,
    and as a wash by
    Leonardo da Vinci.


    • 3 •
    who is Dufour?
    - Wendy Moonan,
    in "Antiques: Scenic
    Views, Even Indoors,
    On Wallpaper" wrote -
      "Romantic visions
    ...these rare
    wallpaper scenes
    were created in
    France in 1815
    by the atelier
    of Joseph Dufour
    with over a thousand
    hand cut wood blocks,
    16 by 19 inches,
    hand painted in
    tones of gray and
    brown (en grisaille,
    and en sepia) and
    hand printed on
    rag paper panels.
    ...
       "Joseph Dufour was
    the leading French
    maker of scenic
    wallpaper during
    the French Empire
    and Restoration
    periods. Known for
    fine engravings
    of Paris, London
    and Constantinople,
    he produced a lot
    of wallpapers after
    1815 for export to
    England and America."
    - ny times, 2/28/98
      on identical scenes






























    - Carolle Thibalt-Pomerantz
      of Paris and New York
      collector, author, dealer,
      on wall scenes generally:

       "The panels open up
       a space because they
       are landscapes with
       the illusion of depth.
       Put one in a small
       room and it will
       immediately give
       the impression
       that the room is
       far bigger. Put
       one in a dark
       or narrow room
       like a hallway and
       it immediately gives
       you the illusion
       of air and light."


































































































    the original wall scenes
    are available for purchase:
    contact holly alderman



    prices and values -
    originals at the
    Palm Beach fair
    of 2010: a large panel
    from Dufour's
    "Monuments of Paris"
    (1812) sold for $65,000.
    A fragment may be
    worth $3000 to $5000,
    a large panel may be
    $10,000 to $40,000;
    a complete scenic may
    be worth $200,000.

    Antique scenes are
    treasured by designers.

    Consider the advantages of reproductions: organic, mold-free, retouched, affordable, moveable!


    THE OCCASIONAL SPECKS
    AND GENTLE LINES AND
    SHADINGS IN THE PRINTED
    SCENES SHOULD NOT BE
    REGARDED AS DEFECTS.
    LIKE SHRUBS IN FINE SILK,
    THEY ARE CHARACTERISTIC
    OF THE FINEST ARTISANS'
    HAND CARVING, PAINTING,
    AND WOOD BLOCK PRINTING,
    WHICH GIVE THE SCENES
    THEIR BEAUTY AND SUBTLE
    DRAMATIC TEXTURE, THE
    PATINA AND AURA OF PARIS












































    all images and text Copyright © 2014 by Holly Alderman. All rights reserved. Creative Commons please cite sources

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