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2001.281.1084 (RS198115)

Description

Fabric backed wallpaper panel probably from "the old paper shop of Mr. Childs" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Display panel of matching borders and sidewall papers with Neoclassical Arabesque patterns. Moving from top to bottom of the panel, the papers are as follows: a border consisting of several bands architectural molding in grays and taupe; a multi-colored neoclassical frieze with figural urn, griffin, and swags of fabric and flowers; more bands of architectural borders in grays and taupe; a single repeat of a long, multi-color neoclassical side border consisting of small pictorial panels framed by numerous neo-classical figures and motifs; sidewall paper with a pattern of neoclassical figures in light gray on white on either side of the side border; and a multi-color bottom border with mythological figures and creatures, fabric swags and male and female miniature portraits in six-sided frames. The entire piece is framed by strips of gold paper and is tacked to wooden sticks at top and bottom. The papers are block-printed in white, grays, taupe, greens, blues, browns, reds and violets. The frieze, side border, sidewalls and bottom border are printed on white ground. The architectural patterned borders are printed on gray ground.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1860-1870
Inscriptions
"Beautiful panel like work of Reveillon" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
Associated Building
Original To Childs Paper Shop (Cambridge, MA).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
cotton (textile)
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
cotton (textile)
Neoclassical
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
144 x 26 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.1084
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
292224

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Arabesque
architectural borders
Frieze
Cherubs
Griffin
Fabric Swags
Floral Swags
Winged lions
Sea serpents
Neptune
rosettes
Period/Style
NeoClassical
Form
Display sample
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made

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