© Stuart Stark, Heritage Consultant
- A hanging Bookcase in Gothic Revival style c1850. The top raised back-board is similar in design both on this drawing and on the real bookcase in the picture above
Five wallpapers designs suitable for use in homes in the Gothic Revival style are illustrated below:
Wallpaper (c1865) reproduced from the Drawing Room illustrated above: “Gothic Leaves” is available from: www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com
- Wallpaper: Fleur de Lis & Rose is a reproduction c1865 from: www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com. Based on a wallpaper design found in the Houses of Parliament in London in 1850, it was installed in a small Gothic-revival cottage in Victoria, B.C. Canada in 1865 – only 15 years later – though scaled down for a domestic interior.
- Reproduction “Downing” wallpaper. This 1860’s wallpaper was discovered and collected in the 1950’s from an 18th century home in New Hampshire
Available in two colourways from: www.CharlesRupertDesigns.com
Small, repeating diamond shapes were popular for wallpaper designs in the 1860’s. Blue was a favourite colour, with grey (or ‘stone’) backgrounds. But they could also be dramatic, even with elements of trompe l’oeil, as seen in the last two examples:
Two examples of extraordinary Gothic Revival wallpapers:
- A French wallpaper in Gothic Revival design from 1840
Gothic Revival Wallpaper Designed by Robert Horne. English, 1849.
(Thanks to:http://thetextileblog.blogspot.ca/2008/08/gothic-wallpaper.html) for these two images
The Gothic Revival can be restrained and modest – or ornate and fanciful. For aficionados of the style, it has an attraction all of its own, that no other style can successfully compete with.