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2001.281.501AB (RS191197)

Description

Two fragments of Art Nouveau wallpaper from the Whitney House, Stow, Massachusetts. Large scale design incorporating stylized flowers, vines and fruit into arch or striped pattern. Roller-printed in olive on olive ground.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1890-1900
Inscriptions
"From / Old Whitney house, Whitney Rd. / built before 1750 / Stow Mass / An earlier paper, probably the first - / I have seen as a few fragments are / still at the house - This is a / later paper!" (handwritten)
"Dear Dottie / I imagine you may have / retired from reproducing wallpaper / but because a friend, who lives in our old house across the road, gave / me some samples I'm sending them / along to you... one of these samples was taken from / behind an old corner cubbard in the / big fireplace room and one from under / a window frame and another layer / of wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom." (Excerpts from letter written by Priscilla Smith to Dorothy Waterhouse dated July 20, 1973.)
Material
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Descriptive terms
Art Nouveau
floral patterns
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
15 3/4 x 13 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.501AB
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
286791

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Machine Printed
Decor Motif
Flowers
vines
fruit
stripes
arches
Period/Style
Art Nouveau
Form
wall fragemnt
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made
Use
Sidewall/Fill

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