This late century American-made paper was found in
the Manse at Deerfield, Massachusetts. Its stylized
abstraction of a floral design is inspired by the popular English
interpretation of Japanese designs known as
"Anglo-Japanesque." The ground color of the historic colorway
had the poetic name "ashes or roses."
By the 1860s machine roller printing began to
replace block printing as the dominant technology of the
industry. Even so, during the transition period pattern
design often retained a strong influence form the block printing
era. Later, smaller, repetitive design motifs not well suited
for hand printing began to dominate block printing largely disappeared
until it was revived towards the end of the 19th century in the Arts
and Crafts movement.
Adelphi occasionally reproduces patterns from this
post-1860s period when they retain sufficient design and color
characteristics lend themselves well to block printing and when they
will benefit from the subtlety and attention to detail that block
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings
by the the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Repeat 16 inches
Width 19 inches
The historic colorway shown above is double width;
alternative colorways are single width.