Driven by the expansion of manufactures, the imagination of the draughtsmen and the skill of the printers, the wallpaper flourishes remarkably at the end of the eighteenth century. Thanks to its ease of use and the variety of its patterns, it stands out as a decorative object in fashion in many French interiors.
The wallpapers presented in this book come from the collection of the National Library of France, created under the revolutionary legislation of 1793 inviting manufacturers to protect themselves from counterfeiting. Deposited between 1798 and 1805, these samples bring us into an exuberant universe of patterns and colors that still inspires creators and decorators today.
A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Christine Velut holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. She defended her thesis, under the direction of Daniel Roche, on "The production, marketing and use of wallpapers in Paris from 1750 to 1820" (published under the title Decors de papier by Heritage editors, in 2006). ). As part of the preparation of her thesis, she realized the cataloging of the collection of wallpapers of the Department of Prints and Photography of the National Library of France.
She is currently in charge of documentation at the National Center for Plastic Arts, operator of the Ministry of Culture, which implements the policy of support for contemporary creation and whose mission is the management and enrichment of the collection of art of the state. Vincent Darré is a designer-designer. After working in the fashion industry, he devoted himself to the world of home, between Baroque inspirations and Dadaists obsessions.
At the end of 2016, he opened Maison Vincent Darré, rue Royale, which embodies a French timeless luxury, that of the decorative arts: there are also exposed the pieces of his new collection called "Renaissance" - tables, sofas, lamps and papers painted -, made by French craftsmen, only antique furniture and designer creations.