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Four fragments of wallpaper removed from a fireboard original to Newburyport, Massachusetts. Medallion and ribbon stripe pattern on rainbow ground. A row or stripe of large medallion figures with four petals or arms, possibly meant to represent bows, are linked by ribbon with small stylized flower bud decoration. The same ribbon zigzags back and forth on either sides of the medallions. A background pattern of squiggly lines and dots is also present. Pattern elements are block-printed in white on a rainbow ground of blue and yellow. The paper appears to have been applied to the fireboard horizontally rather than vertically.
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
"First paper on a fire screen / from house in Newburyport Mass - / formerly owned by a Mrs. Iram. / Now owned by Mr + Mrs (Carol) Bolter / phone 1-465-8820 / top paper was a scenic - probably / French - early 18th Century" (handwritten)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
17 1/2 x 35 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.446A-C