Reproduction Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1970-1980

GUSN

GUSN-289776

Description

Seven unused pieces of reproduction wallpaper in the "Nye Homestead" pattern by Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. Wallpaper has a pattern of undulating vines with leaves and berries alternating with a geometric diamond stripe. Pattern is based on an American block-printed wallpaper dating from 1790-1810. Fragments of the original paper were found under lathes and plaster of the mid-eighteenth-century Nye Homestead in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Five colorways are present: 2001.281.759.1 -- Cream on a dark blue ground (#118496); 2001.281.759.2 -- Cream on a beige ground; 2001.281.759.3 -- Light gray on a gray ground; 2001.281.759.4 and .5 -- Yellow on a glossy white ground (#118205); and 2001.281.759.6 and .7 -- Chartreuse on a light yellow ground (#118342). The paper on 2001.281.759.4-.7 has been textured to imitate a slubbed silk fabric.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
embossed wall coverings
stripes
geometric patterns
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Little Rock - Arkansas / Unsed in restoration of an 1895 house in Little Rock Ark which was / given to the city by a wealthy man to represent an early house of Little Rock. / I tried to disuade the doneo - but no - he mailed it used! / Found in Sandwich under / lathes & plaster." (Handwritten on back of 2001.281.759.3 by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings Inc. / 420 Boylston St. Boston, Mass. / Pattern No. 118342 Price Per Roll $8.40 / For Custom Colors Add $1.50 Per Roll / Minimum Custom Order. 6 Rolls." (Stamped on back of 2001.281.759.6. Price and pattern number are handwritten in blue ink.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Nye Homestead" / Fragments of this original design were discovered be- / neath lathes and plaster when restoring the beautiful / Nye Homestead, Sandwich, Massachusetts, (built in the / mid-1700's). / No. 118205 / $8.40 per single roll / 26 "” Wide Trimmed / A single roll is 5 yards long. / Also available in custom colors. / See inside back cover for details." (Printed on back of 2001.281.759.4.)
"Kapco / Imperial Stock" (Handwirtten on back of 2001.281.759.4.)
"Union Made / Made in / U.S.S. / Run N" (Stamped on back of 2001.281.759.4.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Nye Homestead" / Fragments of this original design were discovered be- / neath lathes and plaster when restoring the beautiful / Nye Homestead, Sandwich, Massachusetts, (built in the / mid-1700's). / No. 118496/ $12.00 per single roll / 26 ½" Wide Trimmed 5" Repeat / A single roll is 5 yards long. / Also available in custom colors. / See inside back cover for details." (Printed on back of 2001281.759.1.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Nye Homestead" / Fragments of this original design were discovered be- / neath lathes and plaster when restoring the beautiful / Nye Homestead, Sandwich, Massachusetts, (built in the / mid-1700's). / No. 118205 / $12.00 per single roll / 26 ½" Wide Trimmed / A single roll is 5 yards long. / Also available in custom colors. / See inside back cover for details."
(Printed on the back of 2001.281.759.5.)
"Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. / Boston, Massachusetts / "Nye Homestead" / Fragments of this original design were discovered be- / neath lathes and plaster when restoring the beautiful / Nye Homestead, Sandwich, Massachusetts, (built in the / mid-1700's). / No. 118342 / $12.00 per single roll / 26 ½" Wide Trimmed / A single roll is 5 yards long. / Also available in custom colors. / See inside back cover for details."
(Printed on the back of 2001.281.759.7.)

Pattern

Nye Homestead

Pattern No.

118025 118342

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Associated Building

Associated With Nye Homestead,

Maker

Waterhouse Wallhangings, Inc. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

18 3/4 x 12 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.759.1-.7

Places

Sandwich (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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Title Wallpaper Sample Book Accession Number 2001.281.707
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.495
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 1923.313

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

Unused

State

Repro

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

flowers
stripes
vines
diamonds

Period/Style

Floral Stripe