Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1870-1890

GUSN

GUSN-292144

Description

Fabric backed wallpaper sample from "the old paper shop of Mr. Childs" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Large-scale gilt-figure medallions on grisaille floral swag background pattern. Gilt oval medallions employ multiple neoclassical motifs including scrolling acanthus leaves, quatrefoil rosette, urns, trophies, floral swags and hanging floral basket. The medallions frame two alternating vignettes: one of a woman being pushed on a swing by a man and the other of a man bowing to a curtseying woman. Outside the medallions, the pattern consists of floral swags and ribbon. Block-printed in five shades of gray and white on polished white ground. Gold leaf is applied to embossed areas.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
cotton (textile)
block printing (relief printing process)
gilding
Neoclassical
medallions (ornament areas)
Wallpaper

Inscription

"6273 N" (Pattern number.)
"Bambad" (Pattern name.)
"ORH/600" (handwritten)
"Gold vignette / Beautiful gold on white" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Mostly from France / I bought out an old / wallpaper shop in / Cambridge" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse. Refers to seven rolled wallpaper samples backed with fabric.)

Pattern

Bumbad

Pattern No.

6273 N

Associated Building

Original To Childs Paper Shop (Cambridge, MA),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

75 x 37 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1077

Places

Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Design Technique

Gilt

Form

Display Sample

Ground Color

White

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Paper Finish

Embossed

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Medallion
Grisaille
Floral Swags
Scroll
Acanthus
quatrefoild
Rosette
Urns
trophies
basket
bouquets
bagpipe
Swing
bird

Period/Style

Gilt Figure
NeoClassical
Medallion