Wallpaper attached to wallboard

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1820-1830

GUSN

GUSN-293863

Description

Wallpaper fragments attached to two matching wallboard fragments from the John Wing House, Sandwich, Massachusetts. The first layer of wallpaper is a block-printed pattern of small, green medallions with stylized floral centers stand surrounded by gray curling figures, pin dots and stylized flowers on a light gray ground (1820-1830). See additional sample of this paper 2001.281.490. Three other papers are affixed to the first layer, but do not overlap with each other: a floral pattern roller-printed in pinks and violets over tan and white pinstripes (1835-1845); unprinted paper with light green ground; and a paper with cross-hatch pattern and pin dots roller-printed in liquid mica on cream ground (1900-1910).

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
wallboard
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
medallions (ornament areas)
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Deborah Wing house / Wallpaper from the / Deborah Wing House / Grove St. - Sandwich, Mass. / Built 1641 / Torn down 1970 / Built 1640 [underlined] / Grove St / Sandwich / Torn down / in / 1970" (Written across fragments A and B first in black ballpoint, then added to in blue ballpoint and pencil after board split. Written by Dorothy Waterhouse.)
"Most valuable paper / and earliest" (Written by Dorothy Waterhouse on the back of a Filene's department store paper bag.)

Associated Building

Original To John Wing House (Sandwich, MA),

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.490
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.491AB
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.493

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

15 x 16 1/2 x 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.1200AB

Date

1820-1830 (Date of earliest wallpaper.)

Places

Sandwich (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
United States

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

Wall fragment

Ground Color

Grey

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Stylized flowers
dots
foliate medallion
geometric

Period/Style

Medallion