Wallpaper border

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1880-1890

GUSN

GUSN-288757

Description

Fragment of a wide floral border from Westbrook, Maine with fragment of attached Anglo-Japanese sidewall (see 2001.281.611.2ab). Floral border featuring roses, sunflowers and acanthus leaves with upper and lower border of stylized overlapping leaves. Roller-printed in iridescent metallic copper, purple, orange, three browns, pale yellow on ochre ground. The paper is embossed with a weave texture.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
borders (ornament areas)
paper (fiber product)
embossed wall coverings
metallic pigment
floral patterns
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Herewith is some wall paper from an old house in Maine / (vintage 1700) which my family there acquired. Perhaps your / wallpaper friend might like it. If not just toss it away. / Whether it was original with the house I do not know but there / was nothing under it." (Excerpt from short letter written from Dorothy C. V. Pearson to Hazel Cheever dated November 15, 1966.)
"Dear Dorothy - / My friend Dorothy / C. V. Pearon of 5 Woodman Drive Bedford Mass 01730 / mailed me this wall paper. / I have enclosed the note that / she sent to me." (Excerpt from letter to Dorothy Waterhouse from Hazel Cheever dated November 17, 1966. Dorothy Waterhouse notes at top left that she answered the letter on November 27.)
"Westbrook / Me. / Leon Water house" (handwritten)

Associated Building

Original To

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.611.2A-C

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

9 1/2 x 36 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.611.1

Places

Probably United States

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Ochre

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Border

Paper Finish

Embossed

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Roses
Sunflowers
Acanthus Leaves

Period/Style

Floral