Sanderson : The Essence of English Decoration, Hardback

Sanderson : The Essence of English Decoration Hardback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


For 150 years Sanderson has been at the vanguard of every significant movement in European decorative arts, from Arts and Crafts and Art Deco to 1980s country-house style and the vibrant interiors of the Noughties, shaping a distinctive mode of English decoration beloved throughout the world.

Granted unprecedented access to the Sanderson archives, historian Mary Schoeser tells the story of the company that became Englands leading manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative fabrics.

With over 200 stunning patterns specially selected from the Sanderson archives and reproduced in rich full colour, this book is a font of inspiration for decorators, designers, graphic artists, collectors and anyone who loves a beautiful interior.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200 pages, 239 illustrations, 228 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Decorative arts
  • ISBN: 9780500515198



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Beautifully documented history of the Sanderson Wallpaper Company, who in March 2010 celebrated their 150th anniversary, making them the oldest surviving English brand name in their field. The book has many sumptuous photos of many of the designs that have made the name Sanderson recognized world wide. Wish I could afford the beautiful 1870 Balin leather paper designs shown on pages 16 and 18.

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I need to be clear from the onset: the only reason I gave this book such a high rating is because it is visually stunning. Well designed and filled with top-quality photography, it helps that Sanderson's archives of fabrics and wallpapers contains innumerable samples of patterns and designs representing the best of European decorative arts since 1860, when the company was founded by Arthur Sanderson. Very well documented, the text describes the evolution of this venerable English firm and contains a wealth of information about the many innovations which helped establish the firm as one of the leaders in the field. There is much to admire here, but the appeal of a story about the evolution of wallpaper, no matter how well researched, is limited for the average reader. This book was produced to mark Sanderson's 150th anniversary and continued success, though sadly, Arthur Sanderson & Sons no longer exists today and has become yet another brand name with no ties to the family or local craftsmen and women who originally helped put the name on the map.

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