Selections From De La Manufacture Au Mur. PDF 1: A Historiography of Wallpaper (Translation)

10 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019

Date Written: November 5, 2019


In the period 1770-1914 wallpaper became the premier decoration in Western interiors. Until recently, it has been studied in terms of style. Yet we continue to know little about wallpaper as a material object. Here, the full context surrounding wallpaper is under consideration: the manufacturer, the design studio, the workshop, how and to whom it was sold, and how it was hung. Beneath the style of wallpaper are the cultural foundations which give it meaning. During the eighteenth century, wallpaper was a relatively well-documented, elite product. Some questions about its context are answered by the royal archives and the extensive record-keeping of N. Dollfus & Company in Mulhouse. During the nineteenth century the consumption of wallpaper of all types increased with mechanization. This study concentrates on the better-documented products of the Zuber company in Rixheim such as panoramics and d├ęcors which were intended for elite markets. Wallpaper, often misinterpreted, is established here as a fundamental element of the culture of the interior at every level of society.

Keywords: history, decoration, wallpaper

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Kelly, Robert M., Selections From De La Manufacture Au Mur. PDF 1: A Historiography of Wallpaper (Translation) (November 5, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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