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"King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper

2001.281.370A-F (RS195178)

Description

Five fragments of "King Ahasuerus" wallpaper from the Harrison Black House, Dedham, Massachusetts. American Pillar and Arch pattern depicting a view of King Ahasuerus through a festooned architectural archway. The King is on a throne under an elaborate canopy. Block-printed in white and black on tan ground. See also "King Ahasuerus" panel 2010.91.2.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1785-1800
Inscriptions
"From first tavern in Dedham, MA"
"Mr. Steele" (handwritten)
"found in the first tavern / in Dedham / in the tap room" (handwritten)
This paper + the panel showing King Ahazeurus and Queen Esther (from Jo Steele) / are my most valuable + earliest / papers"
"Fragments of / King Ahazaurus / 1660-70" (handwritten)
Location of origin
United States
Associated Building
Original To Harris Black House (Dedham, MA).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Dedham (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
United States
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Steele, Jo, Mr.
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
54 3/4 x 7 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.370A-F
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
284172
Related Items
Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Panel Accession number 2010.91.2 Relationship Also from Harris Black House, Dedham, Massachusetts.
Title Wallpaper Tracing Accession number 2001.281.371
Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Accession number 1978.159AB
Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Accession number 1978.159B

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
egg and dart
pillar
arch
festoons
figures
feathers
dome
Period/Style
Pillar & Arch
Form
wall fragment
Paper Finish
Laid
Pattern Name
King Ahasuerus
State
Original
Paper Type
Handmade
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 42 (inches)

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