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2001.281.502 (RS192731)

Description

Wallpaper fragment from Massachusetts featuring a rose bouquet medallion alternating with a scene of an exotic bird on a branch with berries. Background pattern of rosettes and pin dots. Block-printed in pink, dark pink (or red), gray and white with light and dark green varnish on blue ground.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1830
Inscriptions
"Given me by Mrs. Herbert[?] Magoon[?] / Taunton[?] Mass RFD# 1[?]" (Text very faint and difficult to decipher)
"10/13/68 / Dear Mrs. Waterhouse / Enclosed is a sample of / the wall paper I spoke about. I / don't recall where it come from. / I rather like the colors in it / and I am wondering if you have / seen it before and know anything / of its origin. Would you mind letting / me know. Thanks a lot / Yours / Carter Whitcomb" (Written n Mr. Whitcomb's letterhead)
"(W5264 / width?)" (Written at the bottom of the letter from Mr. Whitcomb but in a different hand. )
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
varnish
Object type
Building Component
Places
Probably France
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
varnish
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
20 x 19 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.502
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
286795

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Medallion
Roses
Ribbon
rosette
pin dots
bird
branch
berries
Design Technique
Varnished
Period/Style
Medallion
Form
wall fragment
Paper Finish
Wove
State
Original
Paper Type
Handmade
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 18 1/2 (inches)
Design Technique
Varnished

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