Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1907-1917

GUSN

GUSN-291640

Description

Rolled sample of "The Montespan Design" wallpaper from the Chellis Estate, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Large-scale damask-style pattern with long repeat roller-printed in white on brown ingrain paper. The pattern consists of two alternating elaborate floral vignettes. One vignette is a vase of flowers. A swag of acorns and leaves is suspended in air behind it by butterflies. The vase rests on a carpet or screen with cord and tassels flanked by birds. Floral swags, which frame the vignette below, hang from flowering foliate scrolls. The next vignette is an urn containing fruit, flowers and wheat shafts. Squirrels sit on the urn's handles and birds fly among the wheat shafts. Below the urn hang acanthus leaf figures flanked by peacocks. Swags of lace ribbon hang from the acanthus leaves. In the selvedge is printed "The Montespan Design" and the English "Reg. No. 504424" indicating a design date of 1907.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
damask
Wallpaper

Inscription

"THE MONTESPAN DESIGN / Reg. No 504424" (Pattern name and English registry number.)
"Collection of / beautiful flocks, embossed papers, etc. / Some from Germany / From the Chellis estate / Wellesley?” (handwritten)

Pattern

The Montespan Design

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Associated Building

Associated With Chellis Estate (Wellesley Hills, MA),

People and Organizations

A. H. Davenport

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

England

Dimensions

66 3/8 x 22 3/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1033

Places

England (United Kingdom) [country]

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Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.1063

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

Unused

Ground Color

Ungrounded

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Ingrain

Decor Motif

Floral
Bouquet
Vase
Urn
Birds
Peacocks
Squirrels
Butterflies
Wheat
Fruit
Acanthus
Scrolls
Swags
Acorns
Cords
Tassles
Lace
Ribbon

Period/Style

Damask