Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1905-1915

GUSN

GUSN-287246

Description

Fragment of Art Nouveau floral wallpaper from Farmington, New Hampshire. Stylized rose vines and flowers form a trellis and medallion pattern. Roller-printed in two reds, pink, two greens and black on red ground. "The Grenfell / 986 / 9" printed in the selvedge. Manufactured by Becker, Smith & Page of Philadelphia.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
Art Nouveau
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Ans. June 16." (Note documenting that letter was answered on June 26, 1975.)
"A. & M. Paint and Wallpaper Corp. / Paints . Wallpapers . Paint Supplies / 48 Market Street / Portsmouth, N. H. / GEneva 6-5366"\n (Printed letterhead of letter dated May 7, 1975)
"May 7, 1975 / Dear Mrs. Waterhouse, / This sample of wallpaper was found in an old house in Farmington, / N. H. by a customer of ours. Since I attended your lecture at / Strawbery Banke this past summer, I thought possibly that this might / be of interest to you and that you might be able to tell us if this / is an old wallpaper or if it might have any historical value. / Looking forward to hearing from you soon. / Sincerely yours, / Nancy Alexander [handwritten signature] / Nancy Alexander, V. Pres." (typed)
"B. S. P. [logo] / 986 / 9 / THE GRENFELL" (Becker, Smith and Page Inc. logo / pattern number / pattern name)
"From old house in / Farmington, N. H. / Sent me by Nancy Alexander V. Pres. / A. + M. Paint + Wallpaper Corp - / 48 Market St / Portsmouth, N. H --- " (Handwritten)
"PERMA[?]" (Faintly stamped, only partially legible.)

Pattern

The Grenfell

Pattern No.

986

Maker

Becker, Smith & Page (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

24 5/8 x 15 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.528

Places

Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

unused

Ground Color

Red

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Roses
trellis
medallion

Period/Style

Art Nouveau