Trunk Lining

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1815

GUSN

GUSN-272910

Description

Two wallpaper fragments mounted on paperboard. The fragments were collected from Barnstable, Massachusetts, and include a note stating they once lined a cowhide trunk from England. The handmade paper is block-printed with a medallion encircled by a larger oval and decorated with oval leaf and acanthus leaf motifs. Printed in gray-green and black on either white ground or ungrounded paper.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Barnstable / Inside early leather trunk" (Dorothy Waterhouse provenance note)
"This crude rag pulp paper is very early - / Was used to line a cowhide trunk which was / brought over from England in the early 1700's / Note use of acanthus leaf motif & the typical / grisaille color only - " (Dorothy Waterhouse provenance note)

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

England

Dimensions

25 x 18 1/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.87AB

Date

1815 (Per Richard Nylander)

Places

Barnstable county (Massachusetts) [county]
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

trunk lining

Ground Color

White

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Medallion

Paper Finish

Laid

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

medallion
leaf
acanthus leaf

Period/Style

Medallion