Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1870-1890

GUSN

GUSN-292159

Description

Fabric backed wallpaper sample from "the old paper shop of Mr. Childs" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Large-scale embossed, gilt-figure of three birds landing on a neoclassical vase of fruit, branches and grasses. Small gilt-figure of bird on a nest repeats around the larger figure. Gray block-printed grasses beneath the gold leaf of the gilt-figures on white polished ground.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
cotton (textile)
gilding
Wallpaper

Inscription

"10073 A Birfoul OHS/[missing]" (Handwritten in pencil except for "Birfoul" which is written in red ink.)
"10073-A / O[?]S/5.00" (O[?]S/5.00 is written as a fraction.)
"Beautiful gol on white / Mid 19th cuntury" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Gold on white / Lovely Adam period / Birds - / Arabasque" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)

Pattern

Birboul

Pattern No.

10073 A

Associated Building

Original To Childs Paper Shop (Cambridge, MA),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

68 1/4 x 37 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1080

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

Neoclassical
Birds
Fruit
Grasses
Vase

Period/Style

Gilt Figure