Reproduction Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1970-1980

GUSN

GUSN-289774

Description

Three unused pieces of reproduction wallpaper in the "Norwell Stripe" pattern by Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. Wallpaper has a pattern of vertical stripes of various geometric designs. The left stripe and right stripes have small dots, a wavy line, and a solid line flanking either side of a column of rosettes. The central stripe has a column of diamonds composed of dots which is flanked on both sides with a scrolling motif and a solid line. Pattern is based on an American block-printed wallpaper dating from 1810-1820. Source paper had been found in a Norwell, Massachusetts home under many layers of other wallpapers. Two colorways are present: 2001.281.758.1 -- Peach on a beige ground (#108463); and 2001.281.758.2 and .3 -- Dark brown on a rust ground on a textured paper (#108686).

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
stripes
geometric patterns
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Original colorway circa 1800" (Handwritten on back of 2001.281.758.1 by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Norwell Stripe" / Hand-blocked on old rag pulp paper, the original pattern was found under many layers of paper in / an old house in Norwell, Masachusetts. / No. 108686 / $10.50 per single roll / 26" Wide Trimmed / 5 1/2" Repeat / A single roll is 5 yards long." (Printed on back of 2001.281.758.2.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Norwell Stripe" / Hand-blocked on old rag pulp paper, the original pattern was found under many layers of paper in / an old house in Norwell, Masachusetts. / No. 108686 / $7.50 per single roll / 26" Wide Trimmed / 5 1/2" Repeat / A single roll is 5 yards long. Page no. 25 / Also available in custom colors. / See inside back cover for details." (Printed on back of 2001.281.758.3. Price was later scratched out.)
"$10.50" (Handwritten on back of 2001.281.758.3 where printed price has been scratched out.)

Pattern

Norwell Stripe

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

15 1/2 x 14 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.758.1-.3

Places

Norwell (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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Title Transparency of Wallpaper Pattern Accession Number 2001.281.977

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

Unused

State

Repro

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Use

geometric

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

stripes
rosettes
dots
lines

Period/Style

Stripe