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

 

 

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

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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Pictures of flowers to cover the walls of your bedroom with so you can pretend you are in a greenhouse. From Eugène Grasset’s “La Plante et ses applications ornementales sous la direction.” Printed in Paris in 1896.

Waterlily. Image 18. Plate VII.
Waterlily. Image 18. Plate VII. Image © Gallica, the digital library of the National Library of France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10546212d/f18.item.zoom
Waterlily. Image 19. Plate VIII.
Waterlily. Image 19. Plate VIII. Image © Gallica, the digital library of the National Library of France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10546212d/f19.item.zoom
Columbine. Image 21. Plate X.
Columbine. Image 21. Plate X. Image © Gallica, the digital library of the National Library of France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10546212d/f21.item.zoom
Columbine. Image 22. Plate XI.
Columbine. Image 22. Plate XI. Image © Gallica, the digital library of the National Library of France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10546212d/f22.item.zoom

 

Décor of the ancients seen through a Prussian/Parisian haze. Plates from Jakob Ignaz Hittorff’s “Restitution du temple d’Empédocle à Sélinonte,” which was published in Paris in 1851. Started out doing drafting in the Atelier of Charles Percier.

"Coupe transversale du temple." 1846.
“Coupe transversale du temple.” 1846. Chromolithograph. Hubert Roux, lithographer. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/coupe-transversale-du-temple
"Fragments de pavés en stuc et en mosaïque, de la Sicile et de Pompéi." 1846.
“Fragments de pavés en stuc et en mosaïque, de la Sicile et de Pompéi.” 1846. Chromolithograph. Hubert Roux, lithographer. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/fragments-de-paves-en-stuc-et-en-mosaique-de-la-sicile-et-de-pompei
"Sarcophages et fragments d'architecture coloriée de la Sicile, en marbre et en pierre, avec et sans stuc." 1846.
“Sarcophages et fragments d’architecture coloriée de la Sicile, en marbre et en pierre, avec et sans stuc.” 1846. Chromolithograph. Hubert Roux, lithographer. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/sarcophages-et-fragments-darchitecture-coloriee-de-la-sicile-en-marbre-et
"Bas-reliefs, figures et tête en terre cuite coloriée, de la Grèce et da la Sicile." 1846.
“Bas-reliefs, figures et tête en terre cuite coloriée, de la Grèce et da la Sicile.” 1846. Chromolithograph. Hubert Roux, lithographer. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/bas-reliefs-figures-et-tete-en-terre-cuite-coloriee-de-la-grece-et-da-la
"Chapiteau ionique en marbre, antéfixe et cymaises en marbre et en terre cuite, découverts à Athènes." 1846.
“Chapiteau ionique en marbre, antéfixe et cymaises en marbre et en terre cuite, découverts à Athènes.” 1846. Chromolithograph. Hubert Roux, lithographer. Image © Royal Academy, London. Fair use license. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/chapiteau-ionique-en-marbre-antefixe-et-cymaises-en-marbre-et-en-terre