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” It was in the eighteenth century that magnificent wallpapers from China

made their debut in certain very grand houses, such as the Chateau de Maintenon,

all imported by the Compagnie des Indes right along with fabrics from India…”

Rosette motifs for ceiling…

Tendriled floral patterns on a ground of thin gray stripes

from the 1780s…

Groups of Africans alternating with bouquets dating

to the end of the eighteenth century….

Several gorgeous examples of 18th century French wallpaper from the Mauny

collection, assembled in the 1930’s by Andre Mauny, and classified a national

treasure by France’s Monuments Historiques…

French Country Living

Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery

Bernard Touillon

Thibaut-Pomerantz antique wallpaper


The Textile Trunk

“This is a very rare and important piece of 18th century French wallpaper.

This wallpaper was originally acquired by the founder of Gracie , in the

1940’s. I was told at that time they acquired it, it was originally installed

in a Louis XIII Castle in the Cevennes Mountains in France, near the

source of the Loire River.”  …Wendy Lewis

Available on Ebay here


Rare, delicate, highly prized, often these ethereal glimpses

into the distant past are framed as art…or put on folding screens…

View more exquisite examples of antique wallpaper

for sale at the Gracie website here

And more 18th century French paper…

this time created by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave

The dress of Madame de Pompadour wholly constructed of paper…

based on drawing by Quentin de la Tour in the Musee du Louvre, Paris


Additional costumes, “Papiers a la mode”, here

Sleeve detail of 18th century French panier dress below…

lace engageante and bow…

18th century imagined …and created… entirely out of paper…

Paper Illusions

The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Barbara and Rene Stoeltie