The source for this pattern is a wallpaper
fragment discovered beneath a 19th century
cornice in the Thomas Everard House in the
historic 18th century town of Williamsburg,
The diamond shaped design is formed by four
slender scrolled leaves surrounding a foliate
medallion. The scrolling and symmetry of the
leaves are typical of the rococo period.
This pattern utilizes a simply color scheme
and a clever printing technique known as
"slip-printing". Unlike most multicolored
papers, which require a separate carved block
for each color, this pattern creates a shadow
effect by using only one. First the block
prints the black and then, shifting
registration slightly, it is used to print the
white foreground image.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by The Colonial Williamsburg
Repeat 19½ inches
Width 20½ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.