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2001.281.611.2A-C (RS195062)

Description

Three fragments of Anglo-Japanese wallpaper from Westbrook, Maine. Patchwork pattern of square, rectanglular and semi-circular geometric designs and Asian-influenced figures. Prominent elements include a diagonally-placed rectangle containing figures that resemble Arabic writing and a building, framing a lamp hanging and vase. Roller-printed in pale yellow, dark maroon, red, olive, peach, black and iridescent copper on light olive ground. Fragment (a) is attached to border 2001.281.611.1

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1880-1890
Inscriptions
"Herewith is some wall paper from an old house in Maine / (vintage 1700) which my family there acquired. Perhaps your / wallpaper friend might like it. If not just toss it away. / Whether it was original with the house I do not know but there / was nothing under it." (Excerpt from short letter written from Dorothy C. V. Pearson to Hazel Cheever dated November 15, 1966.)
"Dear Dorothy - / My friend Dorothy / C. V. Pearon of 5 Woodman Drive Bedford Mass 01730 / mailed me this wall paper. / I have enclosed the note that / she sent to me." (Excerpt from letter to Dorothy Waterhouse from Hazel Cheever dated November 17, 1966. Dorothy Waterhouse notes at top left that she answered the letter on November 27.)
"Westbrook / Me. / Leon Water house" (handwritten)
Associated Building
Original To .
Material
metallic pigment
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Probably United States
Descriptive terms
Anglo-Japanese
metallic pigment
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
29 1/2 x 9 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.611.2A-C
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
288761
Related Items
Title Wallpaper border Accession number 2001.281.611.1

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Machine Printed
Decor Motif
Arabic
Geometric
Period/Style
Anglo-Japanese
Form
wall fragment
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 15 1/2, repeat width 18 1/2 (inches)

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