Discovered in the
parlor of an 1803 Federal house in Blue Hill,
Maine this dramatic pattern is an excellent
example of the melding of two motifs:
one, a set of stripes and the other a dense,
overall foliate. The concise interplay between
these two components, plus the bold use of
colors, strongly suggest a French origin.
The paper may
have been installed by the original owner,
Nathan Hartford, but it is perhaps more likely
that the subsequent owner, Matthew Ray, hung
it sometime after 1812.
In any event, the
paper was covered during an 1840s renovation
and not seen again until a re-wiring project
in the late 1980s. It is particularly
fortunate that the paper was used in
conjunction with a border since it was from
beneath this border that the undiminished
colors of the historic colorway were
Repeat 9 1/4 inches
Width 19 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.