Trade cards meant to help you live around your wallpaper, not the other way around. Trade cards from the early days of the last century by M. H. Birge and Sons, a major American wallpaper firm located in Buffalo, New York.

Library. Green wallpaper with a floral frieze. 1885.
Library. Green wallpaper with a floral frieze. 1885. Image © 2019 Bolling & Company. Trade card in the public domain due to age. via https://bollingco.com/collections/m-h-birge-sons
Dining room. 1906-1907.
Dining room. 1906-1907. Image © 2019 Bolling & Company. Trade card in the public domain due to age. via https://bollingco.com/collections/m-h-birge-sons
Parlor interior. From Birge's "Decorative Suggestions," published in 1914.
Parlor interior. From Birge’s “Decorative Suggestions,” published in 1914. Image © 2019 Bolling & Company. Trade card in the public domain due to age. via https://bollingco.com/collections/m-h-birge-sons
Interior with floral wallpaper. 1906.
Interior with floral wallpaper. 1906. Postcard. In the public domain. via https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/496733033881625622/?lp=true
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Ideas to make your house look rich even if you aren’t. From an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

"Corner cabinet/Encoignure dans le genre Boulle." 1852-1870.
“Corner cabinet/Encoignure dans le genre Boulle.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/encoignure-dans-le-genre-boulle
"Miroir de toilette."  1852-1870.
“Miroir de toilette.” 1852-1870. Pen with black ink, pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/miroir-de-toilette
"Vase monté en lampe." 1852-1870.
“Vase monté en lampe.” 1852-1870. Pen with black ink, pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/vase-monte-en-lampe
Clock with candlestick and other items. 1852-1870.
Clock with candlestick and other items. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-1
"Cave à liqueur." 1852-1870.
“Cave à liqueur.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/cave-a-liqueur

Spring series free public post for Sunday, May 19th. More wonderful plates from Albert Racinet’s wonderful “L’Ornement Polychrome” (1869-1873). Link below

https://www.patreon.com/posts/26980619

Five images not just this one.

More next Sunday. Should you be interested in and can support my work across all of these platforms plus the books please check out what’s available at the various levels. Three wonderful patrons at the moment but I would love to have more.

"Greco-Romain."
“Greco-Romain.” Jetot, lithographers. Firmin Didot and Company, Paris, printer. Scanned by rawpixel from an 1888 edition. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Illustration_from_L%E2%80%99ornement_Polychrome_by_Albert_Racinet_from_rawpixel%E2%80%99s_own_original_1888_publication_00098.jpg

 

 

What you get if your sister is the tsarina. Watercolors of various rooms in the city residence of Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Elizabeth Feodorovna. From the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902 and 1905. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). One by V. P. Trofimov. Collections of the State Historical Museum, Moscow.

Salon of Grand Duchess Ella. 1902.
“Salon of Grand Duchess Ella.” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602227?exhibition=589645364&index=73
"Dressing room of Grand Duke Sergei," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1902.
“Dressing room of Grand Duke Sergei,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602229?exhibition=589645364&index=98
"View from the white lounge towards the ballroom," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1905.
“View from the white lounge towards the ballroom,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1905. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. via https://artchive.ru/news/2287~Na_dache_Jusupovykh_i_v_spal%27ne_imperatritsy_inter%27er_v_russkoj_grafike_predstavili_v_muzee
"Study of Grand Duke Sergei" from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1905.
“Study of Grand Duke Sergei” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1905. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2018/10/album-of-interiors-of-grand-duke-sergei.html
"White drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Nicholas II," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." Early 19th c.
“White drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Nicholas II,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” Early 19th c. V. P. Trofimov, artist (1878-1956). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602234?exhibition=589645364&index=66

Drawing room furniture to try to live up to and a new bed in case Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold come to stay. From Ackermann’s Repository, all of these having been the height of fashion in 1816.

"Chimney piece of Mona marble." Plate 2.
“Chimney piece of Mona marble.” Plate 2. Collection of Oxford University. Digitalized version at archive.org. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
"French sofa bed." Plate 14.
“French sofa bed.” Plate 14. Collection of Oxford University. Digitalized version at archive.org. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
"Grecian Furniture." Plate 26.
“Grecian Furniture.” Plate 26. Collection of Oxford University. Digitalized version at archive.org. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
"Drawing Room Window Curtains." Plate 32.
“Drawing Room Window Curtains.” Plate 32. Collection of Oxford University. Digitalized version at archive.org. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html
"An English bed." Plate 26.
“An English Bed.” Plate 26. Collection of Oxford University. Digitalized version at archive.org. In the public domain due to age. via http://www.ekduncan.com/2012/01/regency-furniture-1816-1822-ackermanns.html

A selection from a folio with designs for Persian tiles. From the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Folio number 32.

Birds and waterlilies. Stamped 32. Undated.
Birds and waterlilies. Stamped 32. Undated. Image © The Minton Archive. Fair use license. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_12_1_1_141
Birds sitting on a branch. PPP 47.
Birds sitting on a branch. PPP 47. Undated. Image © The Minton Archive. Fair use license. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_12_1_1_141
Birds in flight and another on a islet. PPP 108.
Birds in flight and another on a islet. PPP 108. Undated. Image © The Minton Archive. Fair use license. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_12_1_1_141
Design with three birds. Undated.
Design with three birds. Undated. Image © The Minton Archive. Fair use license. via http://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/collections/getrecord/GB1857_G272_1_5_12_1_1_141

May 12th post for my patreon spring series is now live. Five more wonderful plates from Albert Racinet’s wonderful “L’Ornement Polychrome” (1869-1873).Check it out! Several images, not just this one. Link below.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/26801451 Several images, not just this one.
"Japonais." Plate 103.
“Japonais.” Plate 103. P. Lestel, lithographer. Firmin Didot and Company, Paris, printer. Scanned by rawpixel from an 1888 edition. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Illustration_from_L%E2%80%99ornement_Polychrome_by_Albert_Racinet_from_rawpixel%E2%80%99s_own_original_1888_publication_00103.jpg
 
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