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2001.281.898 (RS198060)

Description

Partial roll of wallpaper with large-scale pattern of meandering branches bearing a variety of flowers and fruit. Birds fly among and perch on the branches. The pattern includes a small vignette of two people in Asian dress sitting near a pagoda. The paper is block-printed in black, blue, red, pink, green, two browns and yellow on light gray ground. The block-printed pigments appear to be colored varnishes. The paper is marked in the selvedge "Cretonne / Elite - Hand" with a lion logo. The paper was used as a model for the Waterhouse Wallpaper reproduction "Pillement" and shows pen marks and notations relating to the reproduction design. The fragment is the end of a roll.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1900-1910
Inscriptions
"Pillement Original" (handwritten)
"This is an original document / + must be returned to Waterhouse" (handwritten)
"Return to Dorothy S. Waterhouse / Boston - Waterhouse Wallhangings" (handwritten)
"Crowninshield" (handwritten)
"CRETONNE [lion logo] ELITE ~ HAND" (printed)
Location of origin
England
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
Chinoiserie
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
75 x 32 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.898
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
293286

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Flowers
Fruit
Meandering Branch
Birds
Ribbon
Asian Vignette
Pagoda
Design Technique
Varnished
Period/Style
Chinoiserie
Floral Trail
Form
Unused
Pattern Name
Cretonne
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 59, print width 32 1/4 (inches)
Design Technique
Varnished

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