Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1829

GUSN

GUSN-286840

Description

Wallpaper fragments from the front hall of a house in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Only a portion of the entire floral medallion pattern remains. The remaining section is a large floral bouquet tied with a ribbon surrounded by white stylized flower and scroll elements. Block-printed in pink, white, and two varnished greens on blue ground.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Inscription

"First paper on front / entry 1829 / [additional writing cannot be deciphered]" (handwritten)
"Wellesley Mass / First paper in front / entry used in 1829 / Given me by a decorator from / Wellesley" (handwritten)

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

22 1/2 x 15 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.506A-C

Date

1829 (date provided in provenance)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Design Technique

Varnished

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Blue

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Paper Finish

Laid

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

bouquet
flowers
ribbon
stylized flowers
scrolls

Period/Style

Floral Medallion