Bull's Head Medallion
Ada Harris Bull's Head Medallion
Chevron and Laurel Circle Ornament
Coffered Squares Cooperstown Bouquet
Flowerbaskets French Coffered
Neoclassical Squares
Middlefield Sprig Neoclassical Squares
Ornament and Stripe Pawprints and Stripe
Plymouth Medallion Toile de la Fontaine
Van Cortlandt Rosette
Van Cortlandt Rosette
Vine and Paisley

 Virchaux Drapery
Cooperstown Bouquet
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American circa 1825-50

This splendid example of a provincial "Rainbow" pattern was discovered lining a small trunk in Fly Creek, New York. Attempting to imitate the shimmering effect of woven silk, the rainbow or irisé (pronounced eereesay) technique was invented by Michel Spoerlin in 1819 in the French region of Alsace. Rainbow wallpaper became wildly popular in France in the 1820's. By the late 1820's they had arrived in America and remained popular into the 1840s. This pattern dates from approximately 1830 and is clearly an American copy of "the latest French style"; it displays the simplicity of design and scale of ornament typical of provincial domestic papers of the time.

Repeat 9 inches
Width 18˝ inches
Straight Match

The historic colorway shown above is double width; alternative colorways are single width.