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1950.529 (RS30271)

Description

Concave medallions with roses, wave scrolls and winding vines. Large diamond shapes with Medusa head. A vine of palmettes, buds and flowers decorate space between circles and diamonds. White, two pinks, two reds, peach, light yellow, two greens, black, dark brown on a blue ground. Straight match.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": The prosperity following the American Revolution sparked a building boom as New Englanders constructed new homes, signaling their confidence in the future. The wall finish of choice for the interior of these houses was wallpaper. French wallpapers were especially desirable.<br/> This example, from the home of Philemon Russell of Charlestown, Massachusetts, incorporates colorful Medusa heads and neoclassical palmettes, part of the classical vocabulary that was enormously popular in Europe and America.<br/>
Maker
Probably Malaine, Joseph-Laurent (Designer)
Hartmann, Risler & Cie (Manufacturer)
Date
1785-1800
Location of origin
France
Associated Building
Original To Russell House.
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
wove paper
Object type
Building Component
Places
France
Rixheim (Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France)
Somerville (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
wove paper
Dimensions
35 1/4 x 22 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1950.529
Credit Line
Anonymous
GUSN
177544
Reference Notes
"Wallpaper in New England"; p.89; plate 9, p. 105.
Related Items
Accession number 1950.529B Relationship Border

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Medusa head
medallions
roses
wave scrolls
palmettes
Period/Style
Neoclassical
Form
Wall Fragment
Paper Finish
Wove
State
Original
Theme
Classical
Paper Type
Handmade
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 21 1/4 (inches)

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