Manufacture Jacquemart & Bénard
This design was produced by the Jacquemart & Bénard manufacture, in 1805. It represents a quadillage enhanced with flowers and peacock feathers. The original decor was printed by means of engraved wooden-blocks on joined together paper rolls. To revitalize this lovely wallpaper from the very end of the 18th century, our workgroup has carried out a meticulous digital restoration. This very beautiful wallpaper with geometric ornaments was created in the spirit of domino papers.
To give life and modernity to this beautiful wallpaper from the end of the 18th century, our workshop carried out a long digital restoration. This design was created in the spirit of domino papers.
Patterns are printed on light ivory 300g vellum paper (stiff), format A3. The boards are sold in sets of 3, they cannot be purchased individually.
Collection of la Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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In 1791, the Paris Manufacture Jacquemart & Bénard succeeded the Manufacture Réveillon destroyed by the Revolutionaries in April 1789. Therefore and until 1809, the Jacquemart & Bénard manufacture will be renowned throughout Europe. Very creative, it produces more than a hundred models of wallpaper every year. It is especially good at reproducing plant-like motives as well as light and diaphanous fabrics according to the fashion launched by Queen Marie-Antoinette (embroideries, trimmings, ribbons, lace, festoons of precious stones, pleats, draperies, texture effects…). Not only the Manufacture takes part in the decoration of public buildings, but it is also involved in official ceremonies. For example, it was commissioned by the Convention Government to decorate the Palais des Tuileries.
Originally, this wallpaper was very damaged and had a dark khaki background color. We have chosen to make it brighter to give it more modernity. At the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th century, it was quite common for manufacturers to smooth the backgrounds of their wallpapers with this type of green / mastic color, which corresponded to the tastes of the time.
The patterns on this design, despite a very geometric overall look, are a graphic tribute to peacock: we find the feathers surrounding the diamonds but also the evocation of the wheel in the central patterns. Funny detail: the center of the feathers is made up of 2 embedded hearts...