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Hamlen Wallpaper

Maionstone chinoiserie, treetops in the Hamlen Collection by Holly Alderman

The Hamlen Collection, hand painted wallcovering painted in China, flowering treetops with birds and butterflies flying in high summer in a walled garden, early 19th century 

HRH The Prince of Wales, in 1784 selected Chinese garden wallpaper for a guest suite he commissioned at Brockett Hall, Hertfordshire, the National Trust property about 22 miles north of London, at left. Compare to the Hamlen Collection wallpaper in digital fine art photography printed by Wallquest on premium eco chic non woven paper, at right. 

Compare similar chinoiserie styles at Brockett Hall, National Trust House near London, and Mainstone Farm, Wayland, Massachusetts, Holly Alderman

Abundance in exquisite chinoiserie style, the lotuses, peonies, chrysanthemums, morning glories, roses, exotic birds and butterflies are all auspicious symbols of good fortune, harmony, happiness, loyalty, longevity, wealth and beautiful life.

Wallpaper owner Dev Hamlen envisions both conservation of the original art plus renewal and digital printing that transcends traditional techniques. His great grandfather, Nat Hamlin sailed to China by clipper ship and brought the wallpaper back to Boston in the 1860s. In 1872 the family established to Mainstone Farm in Wayland where the wallpaper rolls, forgotten in a barn attic for about 70 years,  were installed in the dining room in the 1940s, and fifty years later removed for conservation and exhibition. The intriguing irony of the new editions is their authentic unique antique trompe l'oeil patina.

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Chinoiserie Panels 1 and 2 Prints

An example of pairs and trios

Frames: Black or White or Silver, 1/2" wide

Canvas: Artist quality

Colors: Garden hues, light blue background

Size: each 24"w x 60"h, buy one or both

Standard printed panel width: 54 inches, 137 cm

Paper, Art Canvas, Grasscloth in vinyl substitute, Organic Cotton, Linen, Silk: Background: light blue. Also in bespoke ivory, tan, light pink, celery green, grasspaper texture, black silhouette, more.

hamlen chinoiserie in custom colors

Accessories + products in development, photos tba 

Scrolls, screens, woven tapestry, note cards, totes, fashions and more

Art prints and ornamental details, treillage, borders, faux woodwork with chair rail, and wainscoting wallpaper and rolls, colors, on request

Backgrounds, gray and blue, among others

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Chinoiserie Garden Hamlen Collection gray background

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Chinoizerie Gardens the Hamlen Collection

 Holly Alderman Wallpaper Chinoiserie  Hamlen Collection Spring Special art square Pheasants

More choices

2 canvas prints, framed art

Frames: Black or White or Silver, 1/2" wide

Sizes: 40"x40", 30"x30", 24"x24", 30"x40" 

Featuring: Above, one square of several; email or call to discuss your design vision

Or paper, premiere non woven wallpaper with a beautiful antique look and feel, made in USA and forest certified. For luxury hospitality specifications, certified fire rated FR substrates.

Example of framed print, dark gray background -

Holly Alderman WALLGAZE Wallpaper Chinoiserie Garden The Hamlen Collection gray background framed print

Order: One panel, several, or full panoramas

Estimates: Each inquiry or order receives a custom estimate valid for 30 days. List Prices are price guides for 'sale' offers and boutique items. Turnaround is 3 to 6 weeks.

Proof: For accuracy, a color proof is sent for approval before custom printing.

Fabrics: Combed cotton sateen, Heavy oyster linen, Organic cotton denim, Cotton duck, Silk habotai, and Artist canvas

Colors: New proofs and possibilities

Holly Alderman Wallpaper Scenes Chinoiserie Gardens The Hamlen Collection Colors Gray, Charcoal, Apricot, Gold, Tan


The wallpaper was installed in the dining room in Wayland where Devens Hamlen, the owner today, had birthday parties. Dev envisioned renewed editions and managed the digital capture of original panels removed from the house for restoration.

Nathaniel Hamlin, age 21 of Brookline, Massachusetts sailed from Boston Long Wharf on the clipper ship Union to Calcutta, and for 6 months while he sailed, almost every day his parents and sister wrote letters later collected in a volume for the family.  He returned months later, and made another voyage to Calcutta the next year. Age 23, he sailed from Boston to the Pacific, to Hawaii and then 'Canton', China (illustrations tba - map and photo). 

He bought the original hand painted wallpaper in China for his family and when he returned, established an import business and lived in Back Bay on Beacon Street. In 1871 his uncle established Mainstone Farm in Wayland, Massachusetts, a family dairy farm with a herd of Gurnsey cows, for about 80 years, and still the Hamlen farm, now with Belted Galloways, beef cattle, five acres of vegetables and a rustic farm stand well loved by the region. 

Mainstone Farm belts galloway cattle

Last year, after years of planning, more than 200 acres of Mainstone Farm was accepted by a vote at Wayland town meeting for conservation and recreation for future generations of the town to enjoy forever the walking trails, pond skating and bird watching next to farm fields. 

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All these limited editions, images, papers and fabrics are Copyright ©2018 by Devens H. Hamlen, all rights reserved.