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


Stars and
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Stares and Squares English, 1796-1797

This Federal style pattern was one of many wallpapers discovered during the 1917 restoration of the first Harrison Gray Otis House, in Boston. According to Richard Nylander's Wallpaper in New England, it was chosen by the original owners for a chamber over the office.

This late 18th century geometric design appears at first glance to be a simple, two dimensional arrangement of squares and stars with embellishments. At the same time, these elements are combined in such a way that there is a surprising three dimensional quality to the overall design. This illusion is even more pronounced in the alternate colorways shown above.

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England.

Repeat   3 5/8 inches / 9.2 cm
Width  18 inches / 47 cm
Straight Match

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