Fireboard

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1830-1840

GUSN

GUSN-283333

Description

Decorative papers from a fireboard. A sidewall paper (A), border (B) and additional decorative paper (C) affixed to one half of a fireboard canvas. The fireboard canvas has been removed from its frame. The wallpaper (A) pattern is of large-scale circular medallions framing a floral element. Diamonds are formed in the spaces between medallions and contain the same floral elements as the medallions. The pattern is very faded but appears block-printed in white and green on gray ground. The paper is blue ingrain. The border paper (B) is a repeating flower pattern with gray stripes on the upper and lower edges. Also very faded, the border appears roller-printed with green and gray flowers and black pindots on plain paper. A third paper (C) is affixed to the canvas above and below the wallpaper and border. These narrow strips of paper would have covered the upper and lower edges of the fireboard frame. The paper (C) is printed blue with no visible pattern.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"From an early fireboard" (handwritten)
"G3"
"#15" (written on jelly jar sticker, oval with double red line border)

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

34 x 20 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.249A-C

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

fireboard

Ground Color

Grey

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Flowers
medallions

Period/Style

Floral Medallion