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 Foundation.
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.