This wallpaper was produced in 1799, by the Legrand manufacture. It displays a hollyhock bed. The original décor was printed in 22 different colors on engraved wooden - blocks, applied on joined together rolls of smoothed paper.
To revitalize this gorgeous very late 18th century model, our workgroup has carried out a meticulous digital restoration.
Collection of la Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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Created during the Ancient Regime, the Legrand manufacture went through the French Revolution and lasted until the early years of the July Monarchy. Settled in Paris, it was specialized in wallpapers showing chinoiseries, arabesques, architecture ornaments like balustrades, antic sceneries, drapery effects, flower patterns, etc.
The Manufacture’s production offered different sorts of wallpapers : painted with wooden-blocks, velvety, “tontisse” (with raised velvet patterns), brushed… These papers were made and designed for different uses : murals of course, but also overdoors, dadoes…
Between 1800 and 1845, urbanization in Paris sped up, due to a doubling of the population that increased from 500.000 to more than a million. The inhabitants felt like recreating blooming country gardens, either in miniature or on their interior walls. That is why hollyhocks enjoyed great success in France. They even became so popular that Vilmorin–Andrieux, a famous seed distributor offered some 60 varieties of them on his catalogue list. But, in 1873, a disease brought from Australia decimated them in all gardens.
The original wallpaper garnered from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France has required a long lasting digital restoration. As you can see on the photo : folds from the keeping, paint stains, rips and damaged edges… had to be removed. As to the background, we have chosen to substitute the original garish mint green for a duck blue, more in tune with the taste of time.
Hanging our wallpapers is done in 3 stages: the preparation of the wall, its pasting, then the hanging. Our strips are hung edge to edge and from left to right in the order indicated on the assembly plan supplied with the rolls. To find out more, consult our Hanging instructions page.
Non-woven wallpaper 150g/ square meter
Total dimensions: width 385cm X height 250cm or 350cm
Standard decorative wallpaper sold in 6 rolls of 64,2 cm x 250cm or 350cm
Matching edge to edge
Manufacturing time: 15 business days
Free shipping from €200
Made in France
Due to the manufacturing process, there could be a variation in color from one production run to the another. If possible, avoid buying different parts of the same design several weeks apart.