"King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1785-1800

GUSN

GUSN-284172

Description

Five fragments of "King Ahasuerus" wallpaper from the Harrison Black House, Dedham, Massachusetts. American Pillar and Arch pattern depicting a view of King Ahasuerus through a festooned architectural archway. The King is on a throne under an elaborate canopy. Block-printed in white and black on tan ground. See also "King Ahasuerus" panel 2010.91.2.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"From first tavern in Dedham, MA"
"Mr. Steele" (handwritten)
"found in the first tavern / in Dedham / in the tap room" (handwritten)
This paper + the panel showing King Ahazeurus and Queen Esther (from Jo Steele) / are my most valuable + earliest / papers"
"Fragments of / King Ahazaurus / 1660-70" (handwritten)

Pattern

King Ahasuerus

Associated Building

Original To Harris Black House (Dedham, MA),

Related Items

Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Panel Accession Number 2010.91.2
Title Wallpaper Tracing Accession Number 2001.281.371
Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Accession Number 1978.159AB
Title "King Ahasuerus" Wallpaper Accession Number 1978.159B

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

54 3/4 x 7 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.370A-F

Places

Dedham (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
United States

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Tan

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Paper Finish

Laid

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

egg and dart
pillar
arch
festoons
figures
feathers
dome

Period/Style

Pillar & Arch