This wonderful, folksy paper, clearly
American in style and design, was found in the
home of Ada Harris, a legendary antiques
dealer from upstate New York. The house was
originally a tavern in Sangerfield, along the
post road from Boston to Buffalo. Ms. Harris
claimed the paper was from an upstairs
bedchamber; it is typical of the exuberant
colorways popular in that area.
Probably printed in Albany, certain aspects
of the pattern are reminiscent of stenciling.
Specific design elements such as the pointed
lozenges and small leaf sprigs are very
similar in size and shape to those found in
Adelphi's Middlefield Sprig and Pineapples.
The vertical, columnar arrangement of paisley
motifs and laurel sprigs is typical of the
1810-20 period. Free from the influence of the
French aesthetic so prevalent at the time,
this is a great example of American wallpaper.
Repeat 18 inches
Width 19½ inches
The historic colorway shown above is double
width; alternative colorways are single width.