Bolling & Company

Museum-quality antique wallpapers, mounted and framed as one-of-a-kind artworks. Specializing in the early-20th-century hand-printed papers of M.H. Birge & Sons of Buffalo, New York.

Bolling & Co.

Love At First Sight

“We found these in the basement of our house,” said the young couple, dropping two boxes of old wallpaper down in front of me… “Want to buy them?”

Deeply embossed and gorgeously colored, these rolls looked just like tooled leather with rich metallic highlights and hand-brushed stain finishes that took my breath away. That was my introduction, almost two decades ago, to the work of M.H. Birge & Sons of Buffalo, New York, and to the world of late-Victorian and early-20th-century American wallpapers.

I believe that the stunning beauty, and often startling creativity, found in the rare survivors presented here holds a little something for everyone – and I hope your heart will beat just a little faster when you discover the one that sparks your awe and passion.

Bo Sullivan      Portland, Oregon

“We found these in the basement of our house,” said the young couple, dropping two boxes of old wallpaper down in front of me… “Want to buy them?”

Deeply embossed and gorgeously colored, these rolls looked just like tooled leather with rich metallic highlights and hand-brushed stain finishes that took my breath away. That was my introduction, almost two decades ago, to the work of M.H. Birge & Sons of Buffalo, New York, and to the world of late-Victorian and early-20th-century American wallpapers.

I believe that the stunning beauty, and often startling creativity, found in the rare survivors presented here holds a little something for everyone – and I hope your heart will beat just a little faster when you discover the one that sparks your awe and passion.

Bo Sullivan      Portland, Oregon

M.H. Birge & Sons

Buffalo, New York

Founded in 1834, M.H. Birge & Sons was one of the preeminent wallpaper companies in the United States. Perhaps best known for their industry-leading tooled “leather” papers and other hand-printed “specials” Birge was one of the only American wallpaper companies to successfully export to England and Europe (where American papers were generally held in low regard).

The work of Birge is a special research interest of mine, and I am interested in any primary source materials related to the company, including catalogs, wallpaper sample books, remnant rolls, trade cards and other ephemera. If you have any of the above and are interested in donating, sharing or selling them, please contact me at bo@bollingco.com

Founded in 1834, M.H. Birge & Sons was one of the preeminent wallpaper companies in the United States. Perhaps best known for their industry-leading tooled “leather” papers and other hand-printed “specials” Birge was one of the only American wallpaper companies to successfully export to England and Europe (where American papers were generally held in low regard).

The work of Birge is a special research interest of mine, and I am interested in any primary source materials related to the company, including catalogs, wallpaper sample books, remnant rolls, trade cards and other ephemera. If you have any of the above and are interested in donating, sharing or selling them, please contact me at bo@bollingco.com

Contact

BOLLING & COMPANY | 1106 SE SIXTH AVENUE | PORTLAND, OREGON 97214

By appointment – please email or call:

BO SULLIVAN | bo@bollingco.com | 503-997-8616

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