Paris. Musee des Arts decoratifs & Flammarion. 2000. Revised and updated English-language edition. First published in French in 1990. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 336 pages. Illustrated profusely throughout in colour and monochrome, with 2 double folding-plates. 315 x 280mm (12½ x 11"). 2.5kg. 2080136844. English. Fine; an excellent copy with no tears or inscriptions.
An exhaustive, authoritative study of French scenic wallpapers. Essays discuss the historical, social and artistic context of the wallpapers, their development, stylistic tendencies and theatrical influences. A catalogue raisonne of all known scenic wallpapers is included, as well as a list of manufacturers.
'Unrolled over the whole wall surface of a room, scenic wallpapers are an exclusively French creation which flourished through the first half of the nineteenth century. Offering an affordable alternative to tapestries or to the hand-painted fresco, these panoramic landscapes brought a romantic, dreamlike world into the living spaces of the bourgeoisie, breaking down the traditional barriers between interior and exterior, reality and utopia.
Among the subjects depicted are well-known Parisian monuments and famous sites together with mythological or romantic themes, inspired by the painting and engravings most fashionable at the time. Manufacturers such as Zuber, Dufour, and Delicourt exported these wallpapers to the United States and all over Europe, where they decorated a wide variety of dwellings, from a modest boarding house (described by Balzac) to the Goncourts' dining room, from the salons of Swedish castles to princely residences in Madrid and Lisbon.
This authoritative work on the subject was first published in 1990 on the occasion of an exhibition at the Musee des Arts decoratifs in Paris, creating new interest from the general public and design professionals alike. Now, fully updated and available for the first time in English, this magnificent volume offers a comprehensive, richly illustrated account for all those interested in this unique art. The book is completed by an exhaustive, illustrated inventory of all scenic wallpapers identified to date.' (from the blurb).
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