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"Time has done little to diminish the spectacle of the papers..." -- Tabitha Sabky

Hamlen antique chinoiserie wallpaper, original hand painted on silk c 1840, one of 14 panels

A Generational Approach to Chinese Wallpaper

by Tabitha Sabky

TABITHA SABKY is a cultural historian, architectural preservationist, speaker and writer of the article, A Generational Approach to Chinese Wallpaper about the antique Hamlen panorama collection. Her award winning thesis at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, in the Department of Architectural History, is Aestheticizing Identity and Commodifying Place: Chinese Wallpaper and the British Atlantic in the Eighteenth-Century (2019). She is an expert planner of architectural and cultural events. 
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"...Hamlen Collection wallpaper offers something quite remarkable for American cultural heritage..."

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"-- forces one to explore the illuminated topographies of it's visual landscape"

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"Chinese luxury goods had become increasingly synonymous with wealth and good taste..." 

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"The reproductions are significant because they allow a wider audience..." 

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"The Hamlen Collection certainly remains true to the visual language..."

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Copyright © 2020 by Tabitha Sabky, Etna NH. All rights reserved. No copies or transmissions without written permission of the author. Black and white photo of original wallpaper by Tabitha Sabky. 

Museum quality scans of original Hamlen chinoiserie panels by Kathy Tarantola Photography, who is also a photographer for the Peabody Essex Museum.

Photo credits: Copyright ©2020 by Devens Hamlen, Boston. All rights reserved. First portrait photo is Nathaniel Perez Hamlin. This article is commissioned by Holly Alderman.