If you're as taken with wallpaper as I then you must pick up Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz. So very interesting, and you will want to paper your world with scenic prints galore. The photos are absolutely gorgeous, like this below:
Le Palais-Royal, c. 1808-11 (maker unknown). According to Thibaut-Pomerantz, this example is a precursor to scenic decors. The grisaille paper is mounted on an eight-leaf screen; the blue background is hand brushed. I knew I had seen a similar scenic paper before.
Here is a strikingly familiar scene in the 1953 House and Garden's Complete Guide to Interior Decoration. Surprisingly, there is no mention of the screen- only the Bristol blue walls, the wall to wall carpet, and the damask fabric. Is it a reproduction? I'm assuming so.
And then I started to think about this paper:
An 18th c. inspired scenic paper designed by Georges Geffroy, installed in the bed-living room of designer Marcel Rochas.
So now I'm on the hunt for grisaille paper with a blue background. Any ideas where to look for reproductions?
(Image #2, Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, Flammarion 2008.)