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Small wooden trunk from Massachusetts covered in wallpapers. The body of the trunk is covered with a festoon border pattern. Floral festoons and smaller festoons of cord and tassels hang from arches decorated with dots, medallions and fringe on a background of white pindots. Block printed in green, white and pink with mica on a light blue ground. A different, more narrow border paper covers the outer rim of the trunk lid. This paper has a floral vine pattern in which large blooms with foliage are joined by a woody vine. Behind the flowers are vertical lines and above them a band of bead and reel figures in imitation of architectural molding. The top of the trunk is covered with a plain light blue paper decorated with decoupage flowers and framed with a narrow wallpaper bead border. The inside of trunk is lined with marblized paper.
paper (fiber product)
Cherished Possessions: "This trunk is covered with a "Festune Border" wallpaper, Boston, 1790-1815, which was carried by Appleton Prentiss. A roll of uncut festoon borders is depicted on the far right of the billhead."
Appleton Prentiss (Manufacturer)
Massachusetts, United States
8 5/8 x 13 1/8 x 8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Estate of Mrs. James H. Beal
"Wallpaper in New England," pg. 69, fig. 11.7
Title Billhead for Appleton Prentiss, paper hangings, Milk Street, Boston, Mass., dated August 29, 1791 Accession Number
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 1972.113c