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Semi-repeating scenic pattern of a naturalistic depiction of flowers, foliage, blooming branches, butterflies and exotic birds on a celadon green ground.
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
In the Belfry Chamber at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts hangs a floral, block-printed wallpaper by the French firm Zuber & Cie. The pattern 'Décor Chinois' was originally created in 1832 to mimic eighteenth century, hand-painted Chinese wallpapers. Designer Henry Davis Sleeper added his creative flair by cutting the paper to cover the many angles in the bedroom, once referred to as a polyhedral nightmare. Where there were voids in the paper, he cut out birds and foliage from elsewhere in the pattern to fill in the space. At Beauport, the paper gives the room a lush, jungle-like effect.
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),
Zuber Et Cie (Maker)
Rixheim, France, ALSACE
21 (W) (inches)
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann