Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1800-1810

GUSN

GUSN-283881

Description

Two fragments of wallpaper from the Iron Works, Saugus, Massachusetts. Optically illusionistic three-dimensional block design with vertical lines and chains. Block-printed in black and white on a gray ground.\n

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"Early Block Pattern / found in the old house at / the Saugus, Mass. Iron / Works at the time of the / National Trust's restoration." (associated with Fragment (B))
"From first / ironworks in USA / Saugus Mass" (Fragment (B))
"Old house in / Lexington" (Fragment (A) - appears to be mislabeled by Waterhouse (see 2001.281.316))

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Associated Building

Original To Ironworks House,

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.315AB

Places

United States

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number 1971.187.2
Title Accession Number 1971.187.1
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.316AB
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.1123

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Grey

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

block
step
chains

Period/Style

Geometric