If walls could talk

As part of our well-established approval plan for French fine arts books we recently took delivery of a beautifully produced and prizewinning book on wallpaper: Murs de papier: l’atelier du papier peint, 1798-1805 by Christine Velut. It features over 250 pages of wallpaper samples which have been held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France since the turn of the 19th century when manufacturers were invited to deposit them under 1793 revolutionary legislation to protect their intellectual property from counterfeit. Continue reading