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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.
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
"Pillement Original" (handwritten)
"This is an original document / + must be returned to Waterhouse" (handwritten)
"Return to Dorothy S. Waterhouse / Boston - Waterhouse Wallhangings" (handwritten)
"CRETONNE [lion logo] ELITE ~ HAND" (printed)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
75 x 32 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]