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2001.281.1077 (RS198119)

Description

Fabric backed wallpaper sample from "the old paper shop of Mr. Childs" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Large-scale gilt-figure medallions on grisaille floral swag background pattern. Gilt oval medallions employ multiple neoclassical motifs including scrolling acanthus leaves, quatrefoil rosette, urns, trophies, floral swags and hanging floral basket. The medallions frame two alternating vignettes: one of a woman being pushed on a swing by a man and the other of a man bowing to a curtseying woman. Outside the medallions, the pattern consists of floral swags and ribbon. Block-printed in five shades of gray and white on polished white ground. Gold leaf is applied to embossed areas.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1870-1890
Inscriptions
"6273 N" (Pattern number.)
"Bambad" (Pattern name.)
"ORH/600" (handwritten)
"Gold vignette / Beautiful gold on white" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Mostly from France / I bought out an old / wallpaper shop in / Cambridge" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse. Refers to seven rolled wallpaper samples backed with fabric.)
Associated Building
Original To Childs Paper Shop (Cambridge, MA).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
cotton (textile)
gilding
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
cotton (textile)
gilding
medallions (ornament areas)
Neoclassical
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
75 x 37 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.1077
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
292144

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Medallion
Grisaille
Floral Swags
Scroll
Acanthus
quatrefoild
Rosette
Urns
trophies
basket
bouquets
bagpipe
Swing
bird
Design Technique
Gilt
Period/Style
Gilt Figure
NeoClassical
Medallion
Form
Display Sample
Paper Finish
Embossed
Pattern Name
Bumbad
Pattern No.
6273 N
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: print width 18 1/2 (inches)
Design Technique
Gilt

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