Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1860-1870

GUSN

GUSN-292224

Description

Fabric backed wallpaper panel probably from "the old paper shop of Mr. Childs" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Display panel of matching borders and sidewall papers with Neoclassical Arabesque patterns. Moving from top to bottom of the panel, the papers are as follows: a border consisting of several bands architectural molding in grays and taupe; a multi-colored neoclassical frieze with figural urn, griffin, and swags of fabric and flowers; more bands of architectural borders in grays and taupe; a single repeat of a long, multi-color neoclassical side border consisting of small pictorial panels framed by numerous neo-classical figures and motifs; sidewall paper with a pattern of neoclassical figures in light gray on white on either side of the side border; and a multi-color bottom border with mythological figures and creatures, fabric swags and male and female miniature portraits in six-sided frames. The entire piece is framed by strips of gold paper and is tacked to wooden sticks at top and bottom. The papers are block-printed in white, grays, taupe, greens, blues, browns, reds and violets. The frieze, side border, sidewalls and bottom border are printed on white ground. The architectural patterned borders are printed on gray ground.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
cotton (textile)
wood (plant material)
block printing (relief printing process)
Neoclassical
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Beautiful panel like work of Reveillon" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)

Associated Building

Original To Childs Paper Shop (Cambridge, MA),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

144 x 26 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1084

Places

Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

Display sample

Ground Color

White

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Arabesque
architectural borders
Frieze
Cherubs
Griffin
Fabric Swags
Floral Swags
Winged lions
Sea serpents
Neptune
rosettes

Period/Style

NeoClassical