Fireboard Print

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1830-1840

GUSN

GUSN-283370

Description

The second of three decorative papers once applied to a fireboard (see .1 and .3), printed with both an original image and a reversed image tranferred from another paper. Original paper appears to have been block-printed in three grays, black, and orange on white or off-white ground.The well preserved image of an urn appears to have transferred onto the back of the wallpaper applied on top of it. The transfer image, which appears in reverse, depicts a large urn with lion's head, grape vines, acanthus leaves and other classical motifs. The urn's base is inscribed in script and block-printed with "To Daniel Webster [illegible and missing text] of the Constitution of the United [missing text] from the Citizens of Boston [illegible and missing text]." The print may commemorate the Webster - Hayne senatorial debate of 1829-1830.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"To Daniel Webster [illegible and missing text] of the Constitution of the United [missing text] from the Citizens of Boston [illegible and missing text]." (Visible in reverse as a transfer of the original. Printed in both script and block lettering. Commemorative inscription incorporated into the object's design.)

Related Items

Title Fireboard Accession Number 2001.281.250.3AB
Title Fireboard Accession Number 2001.281.250.1

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

32 1/2 x 36 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.250.2

Places

United States

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

fireboard

Decor Motif

Lion
acanthus leaves
grapes
grape vine
urn
egg and dart

Period/Style

NeoClassical