1776 Arabesque Pigeons
Arthur and Robert Stripe Bacchus
Berrien House Sprig
Berrien House Sprig
Boston Floral Stripe
Concord Stripe and Vine Elmwood Floral
Hamilton Urn Hamilton Urn Stenciled
Jefferson Trellis Laurel Trellis
                                  Grove Arabesque Otis Federal Stripe
Locust Grove Arabesque Otis Federal Stripe
Parakeets and Pearls Plymouth Stripe & Vine
Stars and Squares
Reveillon Damask Stars and Squares
 Urns and Medallions Votive Goddess
Plain Papers
 Plain Papers


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American (Boston) circa 1790-1805

This Early American pattern was probably printed in Boston or the Northeast coastal area sometime after French wallpapers had come into style in the United States. Its arabesque arrangement, neo-classical imagery and use of ribbons and peacocks are all characteristic of French papers from the mid 1780s to 1790. The somewhat naive execution leaves little doubt that it is American, rather than a French import. It is likely one of the many patterns advertised by Boston printers as being in the "latest French Style".

Like many samples in Adelphi's collection, this one was found lining an early hide-covered document box, so there no specific room reference. However, such a versatile pattern would likely have been found in a passage, a major chamber such as dining room, parlor or perhaps an important bedchamber. Typically this type of pattern would have been hung with either a very narrow (1 to 1 1/2 inch) border or a combination of a festoon frieze around the ceiling plus a narrow border trimming doors and windows.

Repeat 20 inches
Width 21 inches
Straight Match

The historic colorway image above shows two widths of the pattern installed.  Alternate colorway images show one complete width of the pattern.