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1942.4712 (RS35293)

Description

Semi-repeating scenic pattern of a naturalistic depiction of flowers, foliage, blooming branches, butterflies and exotic birds on a celadon green ground.

Details

Label
In the Belfry Chamber at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts hangs a floral, block-printed wallpaper by the French firm Zuber & Cie. The pattern 'Décor Chinois' was originally created in 1832 to mimic eighteenth century, hand-painted Chinese wallpapers. Designer Henry Davis Sleeper added his creative flair by cutting the paper to cover the many angles in the bedroom, once referred to as a “polyhedral nightmare”. Where there were voids in the paper, he cut out birds and foliage from elsewhere in the pattern to fill in the space. At Beauport, the paper gives the room a lush, jungle-like effect.
Maker
Zuber Et Cie (Maker)
Date
1911
Location of origin
Rixheim, France, ALSACE
Associated Building
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
Dimensions
21 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.4712
Credit Line
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
GUSN
56877

Wallpaper Details

Pattern Name
Decor Chinois

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