French neoclassical wallpaper border from Montpelier, ca. 1795
On May 23, 1795, George Bertault, a French upholsterer in Philadelphia, billed Henry Knox for “8 pieces of large bordure,” an unspecified amount of “small bordure” and “2 over door”  panels. According to Richard Nylander’s Wallpaper in New England, this fragment matches the border of an installation, complete with oval over the door panels, at Isabella Barclay’s New York showroom, allowing a tentative attribution to Bertault. There are fragments of yellow paper on the reverse of the oval, indicating that Knox probably had the border installed over a plain yellow paper.

Donated to Montpelier by the Maine Historical Society.

Accession Number: P-103
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