Found in the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion in
Marblehead, Massachusetts, this border was originally hung with a color
coordinated, rococo foliate sidewall pattern. It is narrow, as is
typical of 1760s borders, and features a white diaper fill intended to
imitate lacework. The dark leaves, printed in contrast to the lighter
ground, are intended to mimic flocking. These "mock flock" papers were
less expensive versions of flocked wallpapers, in which wool fibers
were adhered to a design printed with varnish. One of the earliest
styles of wallpaper, flocked paper itself was developed to resemble
even more costly velvet damasks.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings
by the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society.
Width 1¾ inches