manufacture jules desfossé
Made by the Manufacture Jules Desfossé in 1861, the panoramic wallpaper, « L’Eden » has been achieved thanks to amazing technical feats. 3642 engraving wood-blocks have been needed for the complete artwork, which is composed with 1099 colours. An unequalled performance ! By comparison, a traditional wallpaper nowadays does not exceed 8 colours. Symbolizing the taste of time for exoticism and faraway countries, this mural may have been presented in London at the Universal exhibition of 1862.
Revitalizing such a fabulous panoramic wallpaper by a digital restoration was a patient and meticulous fifty-hour work from our workgroup.
Collection of Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
Photographic credit : @MAD Paris/ Jean Tholance
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Founded in 1851, the Manufacture Jules Desfossé is one of the most important in France and Europe. In 1853, after Jules Desfossé had joined with Hippolyte Karth, the Manufacture was named Desfossé and Karth. It distinguishes itself by a purchase policy of printing wood-blocks and a close collaboration with the artists of the time. Firmly rooted in the Second Empire, and considered as the best, this Manufacture offers wall papers with themes in the taste of time, though sometimes nearly decadent.
In Paris, during the first half of the 19th century, due to both an increasing urbanization and a doubling of population, emerged a desire for recreating gardens at home. So that during the Second Empire, wealthy people had keen interest in winter gardens, conservatives and verandas. Princess Mathilde’s famous private mansion is a renowned example – since she was Napoleon III’s cousin. This fashion had a major influence on paintwork themes.
In passing, a few decades before, orientalism had met a similar influence on decoration, after the success of a painting by Eugène Delacroix : " Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement " (1833). Panoramic wallpaperss with exotic and luxurious foliage patterns –much cheaper than winter gardens, conservatives or verandas- enjoyed a phenomenal success.
This panoramic wallpaper depicts an incredible range from the plant-kingdom. All of them are drawn with great distinctness and accuracy, thanks to the growing botanical knowledge of the time. This heaven on earth overlooks seasons and climatic borders as shown by the cohabitation of oaks, cedars, palm trees, umbellifers, yuccas, begonias, viburnum, virginia creeper, as well as lily of the valley, alpine carnations, scabious from the Caucasus, amaryllis from Peru, hydrangeas from Japon, Indian lotus, European white water lilies, bromeliad from Amazonia, cornflowers, roses, strelitzias, pumpkin flowers, bignonias, etc.
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 350cm X height 272cm
Standard panoramic wallpaper sold in 5 rolls of 70cm x 272cm
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.