Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1790-1810

GUSN

GUSN-286667

Description

Four fragments of striped wallpaper from Salem, Massachusetts. Criss-crossing vines with clover leaves stylized flowers alternate with chevron stripes. An abstract figure creates a third, narrow stripe dividing the two primary stripes. Block-printed in white on blue ground. Laid paper, partial sheets. Probably produced in Boston.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
laid paper
block printing (relief printing process)
stripes
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Salem Mass - / Under lathes + plaster" (handwritten)
"Elephant sheets" [arrow] (Arrow pointing toward seam of paper sheets.)

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

19 x 19 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.486A-D

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Blue

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Paper Finish

Laid

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

vines
clover leaf
chevron

Period/Style

Stripe