Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1900-1910

GUSN

GUSN-293286

Description

Partial roll of wallpaper with large-scale pattern of meandering branches bearing a variety of flowers and fruit. Birds fly among and perch on the branches. The pattern includes a small vignette of two people in Asian dress sitting near a pagoda. The paper is block-printed in black, blue, red, pink, green, two browns and yellow on light gray ground. The block-printed pigments appear to be colored varnishes. The paper is marked in the selvedge "Cretonne / Elite - Hand" with a lion logo. The paper was used as a model for the Waterhouse Wallpaper reproduction "Pillement" and shows pen marks and notations relating to the reproduction design. The fragment is the end of a roll.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
Chinoiserie
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Pillement Original" (handwritten)
"This is an original document / + must be returned to Waterhouse" (handwritten)
"Return to Dorothy S. Waterhouse / Boston - Waterhouse Wallhangings" (handwritten)
"Crowninshield" (handwritten)
"CRETONNE [lion logo] ELITE ~ HAND" (printed)

Pattern

Cretonne

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

England

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

75 x 32 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.898

Places

Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Design Technique

Varnished

Form

Unused

Ground Color

Grey

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Flowers
Fruit
Meandering Branch
Birds
Ribbon
Asian Vignette
Pagoda

Period/Style

Chinoiserie
Floral Trail