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Holly presents rare antique viewpapers renewed for new audiences

Boston Design Week 2019. Tuesday, April 2: First viewings of renewed antique panoramas. Join the conversations in Back Bay.

Tickets are limited & free, RSVP links below

EVENT: Hamlen Walls in Bloom, Wallpaper of Exquisite Antique Gardens & Birds, 2pm - 3:30pm, at The Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street, RSVP at:

Explore the power of storytelling in antique panoramas painted with a touch of high comedy, in new digital editions. Join the conversation with Dev Hamlen, founder of the Hamlen Collection, Holly Alderman, art director and Tom Dobbins, T&R Club manager, and learn the unique story behind the wallpaper as an heirloom that arrived in the mid-19th century by clipper ship. On view here for the first time, new custom digital facsimiles of wallpapers never exhibited since being hand painted by gifted artists in China in the early 19th century, and brought to Boston 4 generations ago by Nathaniel Hamlin. Enjoy a garden tour of auspicious symbols among flowering trees as an exotic aviary in elegant chinoiserie. Join the reception. Q & A. 

After the discussion walk with Holly and other guests to La Voile to continue the conversations.

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EVENT: Color Antique Storyteller Prints of French Wallpaper Scenes, Antiques Anew, 4 - 6:00 pm, at 1855 Bar à Vin, 259 Newbury Street, RSVP at:

Explore the power of storytelling in the newly printed edition of a famous wallpaper tableaux of by Dufour, “leading French maker maker of scenic wallpapers” (Wendy Moonan, NYT'98). Join the conversation with art director Holly Alderman and 1855 partners. Colorize new 8x10 art prints in your own style with colored pencils. Enjoy sophisticated wit in Dufour's Comédie humaine observed as "a box in the theatre of the world” -- in words of Walter Benjamin, 19th century Paris. Q & A.

About 1855 and La Voile  A mythic year - 1855 is the year of the first official classification of Bordeaux wines following the World’s Fair in Paris. Bordeaux is one of the most prestigious wine regions of the world, the inspiration for our bar à vin (wine bar) – to inspire a love of wine. La Voile, serving up its French bistro fare, has been a Newbury Street staple more than a decade. 1855’s wine list is comprised of more than 250 different varieties of French wine, not only from Bordeaux, but from across France. Hosting a variety of tastings, classes, and special events.