Fireboard Paper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1820-1825

GUSN

GUSN-285617

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"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)

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

17 1/2 x 35 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.447A-D

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.446A-C

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Design Technique

Irise

Form

wall fragment

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

ribbon
bows
zigzag
dots
flower buds
medallion

Period/Style

Rainbow
Medallion