Count Choiseul-Gouffier invites Parisian artist Jean-Baptiste Hilaire to sketch their travels from Paris along the Aegean to rediscover sites of Ancient Greece, on a year-long cartography expedition with the French Navy.
Travelers resting before entering an Ottoman village, sketch by Hilaire
1777 • As heroes they return to Paris
1782 • PARIS
Based on Hilaire's drawings, 126 large engravings appear in Choiseul-Gouffier's luxurious tome in 1782,
reprinted in 1809
Caravan, copper engraving above c1782, mirror image below in wallpaper c1864
1815 • PARIS
Based on the engravings in Choiseul-Gouffier's le Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce, artisans in the atelier of Joseph Dufour carve more than 1000 woodcuts for wallpaper
Artist Hilaire with sketch pad and Count Chioseul-Gouffier
Landscapes of antiquity
BOSTON, NEW YORK
decorative arts dealers in New York and Boston import scenic wallpapers to North America
PARIS, NEW YORK, DUBLIN
The Parke Bernet auction house brings the Dufour wallpapers from Paris to New York. Irene and Fred Allen of Park Avenue purchase the scenes for his family cottage by Dublin Lake at Mount Monadnock in Dublin, NH
Designed by Peabody and Stearns in 1890
Living room, 2006
After a fellowship in mural design at the National Academy in New York, learning state of the art digital techniques for mural design and museum quality fine art reproduction and archival printing, artist Holly Alderman offers the Dublin Dufour owners a plan to preserve the scenes which are now nearly 200 years old stained, cracked and flaking.
Setting up for the photography, view from left, Travelers Resting in Durlach, next, Ruins of the Temple of Mars, and on the right, Smyrna or the Port of Assemkalasi.
Alderman and a professional photographer scan the wall scenes with state of the studio lighting and digital 4x5 scans, one by one, for preservation and fine art reproduction.
Alderman's Digital Chic Catalog
Alderman begins to design this website for Dufour reproductions, to offer designers and decorators and curious observers a unique source of new editions of customized Dufour wallpaper scenes, prints and fabrics.
The first print sold online is the view of Smyrna or Port of Assemkalasi, to decorate the master bedroom of a residence on Eaton Place in Belgravia, London in 2008.
SANTA MONICA, CHICAGO
Inquiries for estimates arrive from Designers Michael S. Smith in Santa Monica, Oliver Firth, Darcy Bonner in Chicago, David Driscoll at The Lowell Hotel inn New York,
among other designers in Paris, Istanbul, Long Island, Lake Forest, Colorado Springs, Houston, Austin, Dallas, Greensborough NC, Atlanta...
2009 - KEENE
Alderman collaborates with designer Cathy Bosworth on the Designer Show House featuring the scene of Smyrna framed in moulding next to Cole & Son chartreuse giant flocked paisley wallpaper also made from wood blocks
The original wallpaper is removed from the walls in Dublin for conservation and preservation in climate controlled storage
Alderman introduces scenes as fine art prints at the Boston Society of Architects annual conference in a workshop Digital Innovations for Interior Design... New prints are exhibited in the Innovation District adjacent to the Boston Design Center at 21 Drydock Avenue at the showroom of Irish Limestone US
2011 - BOSTON
Alderman's wall scenes and fabrics appear in the lobby at the Boston Design Center
Boston Society of Architects annual conference includes Digital Innovations in Art, Architecture and Industrial Design, a workshop moderated by Alderman who shows more wallpaper reproductions
2012 - NEW YORK
Exhibition of originals at Sotheby's and publication in the catalog with historical narrative from a sale of a set of identical Dufour scenes in sepia in London in 2008.
2013 - NEW YORK, WAYNE PA
Coordinating with Wallquest, one of the most respected and innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the US and the world, with distribution in more than 50 countries. Color matching and sepia proofs 8 feet high on fsc-certified paper made in USA for boutique hotel
2014 - LAKE FOREST
Installation of hand painted prints of the new sepia edition like copper engravings for designer Jan Serafine
with new installations in Palm Beach, Houston, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Dublin
2016 - ROSE HILL
Digital capture of Views of Italy and the Bay of Naples with Brilliant Studio of Exxon PA
2017 - NYC DDB
Alderman speaks with Designer Christopher Maya at Fall Market at the Design and Decoration Building
2017 - SHOPIFY
Alderman designs new online store for antique wallpapers in new editions, coordinated with this website
2018 - CHARLESTON
Designer combines Views of Antiquity and Views of Italy and the Bay of Naples in one dining room in North Carolina
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