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Domed trunk

1920.42 (RS190327)

Description

Small wooden trunk from Massachusetts covered in wallpapers. The body of the trunk is covered with a festoon border pattern. Floral festoons and smaller festoons of cord and tassels hang from arches decorated with dots, medallions and fringe on a background of white pindots. Block printed in green, white and pink with mica on a light blue ground. A different, more narrow border paper covers the outer rim of the trunk lid. This paper has a floral vine pattern in which large blooms with foliage are joined by a woody vine. Behind the flowers are vertical lines and above them a band of bead and reel figures in imitation of architectural molding. The top of the trunk is covered with a plain light blue paper decorated with decoupage flowers and framed with a narrow wallpaper bead border. The inside of trunk is lined with marblized paper.

Details

Label
Cherished Possessions: "This trunk is covered with a "Festune Border" wallpaper, Boston, 1790-1815, which was carried by Appleton Prentiss. A roll of uncut festoon borders is depicted on the far right of the billhead."
Maker
Appleton Prentiss (Manufacturer)
Date
1790-1815
Location of origin
Massachusetts, United States
Material
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Personal Gear
Places
United States
Descriptive terms
accessories
paper (fiber product)
Trunk
wallpapers
Dimensions
8 5/8 x 13 1/8 x 8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1920.42
Credit Line
Estate of Mrs. James H. Beal
GUSN
179422
Reference Notes
"Wallpaper in New England," pg. 69, fig. 11.7
Related Items
Title Billhead for Appleton Prentiss, paper hangings, Milk Street, Boston, Mass., dated August 29, 1791
Title Wallpaper Accession number 1972.113c Relationship Same pattern

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
festoon
pindots
tassel
cord
medallions
Form
Bandbox
Pattern Name
Festoon Border
State
Original
Paper Type
Handmade

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