Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1820-1830

GUSN

GUSN-283318

Description

Seven wallpaper fragments removed from a trunk from Cape Cod. Dorothy Waterhouse describes this as her "first paper," refering to it as "Black Bird." Poorly preserved, this blue ingrain paper's pattern is very faded. It appears to be a parrot perched on a delicate fabric swag with floral elements. Block-printed in white, gray, red, pink and green varnish on blue ingrain paper.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"My / First paper / Black Bird / sitting on a very delicate swag / Blue paper stock / from Blue factory England / Excellent & handle with care" (written in ballpoint pen and pencil on manilla envelop (located in assession file))
"Black bird / My oldest paper. Eric E says it was made in England as early as 1660. / I found it inside old chest which came / over to this country from England to Cape / Cod region + was owned by a Mary Bassett / Ellis Perry. / The background paper with delicate / swags of flowers was originally blue - / made from the early blue paper made at Blue Paper Mfc. Co. of England. / The large flowers have now lost / their original color - they were bunched / below the bird + looked like a shrub. / Very valuable paper." (written on index card (located in assession file))

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Maker

(Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

France; United States

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

8 1/2 x 17 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.242A-G

Places

Cape Cod (Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [peninsula]
Possibly France
Possibly United States

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Design Technique

Varnished

Form

trunk lining?

Ground Color

Ungrounded

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Medium

Ingrain

Decor Motif

bird
swag
flowers