Exotic up your winter no matter how many sleet storms there are. Wallpaper panels of “Telemachus on the Island of Calypso” by the firm of Joseph Dufour et Cie which was founded in 1797. Printed in Paris, France. All of these being part of the same lot up for bid with Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers who are part of the Bonhams network.

Telemachus on the Island of Calypso. One of a set of four that make up two pairs of wallpapers with block-printed colorful panoramic views composed on joined sheets of wallpaper later mounted on canvas that have architectural landscapes animated by mythological character scenes. 1815-1820. French. Joseph Dufour et Cie, maker. Image © Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, part of the Bonhams network. Wallpaper itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bruun-rasmussen.dk/m/lots/A3F446EDA292
Telemachus on the Island of Calypso. One of a set of four that make up two pairs of wallpapers with block-printed colorful panoramic views composed on joined sheets of wallpaper later mounted on canvas that have architectural landscapes animated by mythological character scenes. 1815-1820. French. Joseph Dufour et Cie, maker. Image © Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, part of the Bonhams network. Wallpaper itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bruun-rasmussen.dk/m/lots/A3F446EDA292
Telemachus on the Island of Calypso. One of a set of four that make up two pairs of wallpapers with block-printed colorful panoramic views composed on joined sheets of wallpaper later mounted on canvas that have architectural landscapes animated by mythological character scenes. 1815-1820. French. Joseph Dufour et Cie, maker. Image © Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, part of the Bonhams network. Wallpaper itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bruun-rasmussen.dk/m/lots/A3F446EDA292
Telemachus on the Island of Calypso. One of a set of four that make up two pairs of wallpapers with block-printed colorful panoramic views composed on joined sheets of wallpaper later mounted on canvas that have architectural landscapes animated by mythological character scenes. 1815-1820. French. Joseph Dufour et Cie, maker. Image © Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, part of the Bonhams network. Wallpaper itself in the public domain due to age. via https://bruun-rasmussen.dk/m/lots/A3F446EDA292

From the auctioneer’s description on this lot’s website page:

“Panoramic wallpaper: Already at the end of the 18th century, panoramic wallpaper was ready to replace tapestries and silk panels, which had become too expensive for bourgeois and aristocratic homes. The motifs showing the neoclassical style, which was in vogue at the time, experienced an unprecedented growth and many workshops appeared, both in Paris and in the provinces. Joseph Dufour’s workshop was one of the most famous of them and compete with the other wallpaper companig called Zuber. Joseph Dufour was born in Tramayes (today in Saône-et-Loire) in 1754, he first settled in Macon, where his factory was founded in 1797, before settling in Paris ten years later. The designers Laffitte and Xavier Mader brought their talent to the company and gained traction and popularity in all parts of society. Dufour then began his production of panoramic papers, often depicting colorful classical, oriental or even very exotic landscapes from the shores of the Bosphorus to the islands of the South Sea or as we discover at this sale architectural landscapes with animated mythological scenes, showing young girls in Greco-Roman tunics and uniformed soldiers on horseback, while elsewhere they indulge in the joys of the swing.”

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