A Generational Approach to Chinese Wallpaper
by Tabitha Sabky
Hamlens in their dining room at Mainsstone Farm, with original Chinese flowers and birds wallpaper panorama, c1940
"Time has done little to diminish the spectacle of the papers; a liveliness of object and deep saturation of the color..."
Close-up of original silk hand painted two centuries ago
"The survival of this great piece of history depends greatly on the efforts of Mr. Hamlen and his family to ensure its longevity..."
"-- there is nothing subtle about this paper, it forces one to explore the illuminated topographies of it's visual landscape"
"Chinese luxury goods had become increasingly synonymous with wealth and good taste within American society more broadly in the 19th century and could offer social capital and value in the home"
"The reproductions are significant because they allow a wider audience to be able to own and appreciate the beauty of the historic pieces in their home as their own family asset"
"The Hamlen Collection certainly remains true to the visual language and reimagination of the past, while adapting to find new meaning in the 21st century"
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.
First New Limited Edition, Panel 56"w x 80.5h, for niche framing, tapestry, sliding barn doors
Custom cut for a framed pair