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2001.281.966 (RS195163)

Description

Fragment of striped wallpaper from the General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace, Braintree, Massachusetts. Vertical stripes composed of six-pointed stars in circles alternate with stripes of a vine with feather-like leaves. Dividing these stripes, which are block-printed in orange and white, are stripes with a geometric diamond pattern block-printed in gray, black, orange and white. The pattern is printed on wove paper with yellow ground. The wallpaper was said to have been hung in 1808 to celebrate Thayer's graduation from West Point. Visible on the back of the wallpaper is the imprint of the layer of wallpaper and border once below it. The border imprint is clearly "Acorn Border" block-printed in black and orange on green ground (1800-1810, Probably Boston, see 1966.491.2). The sidewall paper is a and white geometic pattern not clearly visible in the imprint (see 1966.491.1). The pattern was reproduced as "Braintree Stripe" by Katzenback and Warren and Waterhouse Wallhangings.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1808-1820
Inscriptions
"Parlor paper from / Gen Sylvanus Thayer house / Braintree / 1748" (handwritten)
Location of origin
United States
Associated Building
Original To Sylvanus Thayer House (Braintree, Mass.).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Braintree (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
United States
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
stripes
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Braintree Historical Society
Thayer, Sylvanus, 1785-1872
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 22 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.966
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
290883
Related Items
Title Reproduction Wallpaper Accession number 2001.281.723 Relationship Katzenback and Warren Reproduction
Title Reproduction Wallpaper Accession number 2001.281.724 Relationship Waterhouse Wallhangings reproduction.
Title Wallpaper Accession number 1966.491.2 Relationship Acorn Border also from General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace. It's imprint if visible on the back of 2001.281.966
Title Wallpaper Accession number 1966.491.1 Relationship Sidewall paper below 2001.281.966
Title Wallpaper Accession number 1966.491.3 Relationship Other fragments of the striped wallpaper from General Sylvanus Thayer birthplace also in the collection.
Title Reproduction Wallpaper Accession number 2001.281.858.1-.2
Title Reproduction Wallpaper Accession number 2001.281.894

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Vine
Foliate
Feather
diamonds
geometric
stars
circles
Period/Style
Stripe
Form
wall fragment
Paper Finish
Wove
State
Original
Paper Type
Handmade
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat width 10 5/8, print width 21 1/4 (inches)

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