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The Aesthetic Movement: Mix one part Japanese with one part High Victorian Gothic, add the promotional genius of Oscar Wilde, and you have a formula for one of the most progressive design movements of the 19th century. Also known as the "Anglo-Japanese" style, it took America by storm in the 1870s and '80s.
The ceiling detail pictured here features four different modular patterns from the Anglo-Japanese roomset.
The "Iris Frieze" pictured here is from the Fenway roomset, and is based on an original by Walter Crane.
William Morris and Walter Crane are two of the undisputed geniuses of 19th century pattern design and co-founders of the English Arts & Crafts movement. Their designs often appeared together, most notably in Queen Victoria's own Kensington Palace.
Christopher Dresser was the great futurist amongst Victorian designers. Understanding that the future of design would be shaped by technology, he embraced machine production, making him one of the world's first "name" industrial designers. Dresser's visionary abstractions of plant life presaged the Art Deco style of the 20th century.
The "Watkins Glen Frieze" pictured here is an excellent example of Dresser's proto-Deco style, and is part of the Dresser Tradition 1 roomset.
This "Cameo Panel" is one of eight modular ceiling elements in our Neo-Classical roomset inspired by 19th century stencil patterns in the collection of the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
Neo Classical Design: In the 19th century, classically inspired interiors were often hand painted and stenciled. We have transferred these stencil patterns to a series of modular wallpaper borders and panels.
Herter Brothers Tradition: Trained in his native Germany, Gustave Herter first rose to prominence as a cabinet maker in New York City. Soon after being joined by his younger brother Christian in 1864, the renamed firm, "Herter Brothers", began to create entire decorative schemes of astonishing opulence for the wealthiest families in America.
The patterns in our roomset derive from three sources: the patented wallpaper designs of Christian Herter, stencilled ceiling designs, and the renown Herter Bros. marquetry.
Though every effort has been made, photographs cannot accurately recreate the effects of metallic inks and flat oil pigments. Samples are available to assist in color matching.