This bold stripe was found in the parlors of
houses in Strawbery Banke and West Kennebunk,
New Hampshire. It was printed by Moses Grant
Jr., who is documented as working in Boston
from 1811-1817. It is typical of the strongly
abstract, geometric "Harlequin" patterns
popularized by the French in 1800. Americans
printed many of these harlequin patterns from
The harlequin effect is achieved by splitting
motifs symmetrically and printing each half
into a contrasting color. Perhaps due its
simplicity, in this pattern this results in an
interesting shift between foreground and
background, stripe versus image.
This quatrefoil diaper pattern was found hung
with Adelphi's Rose and Laurel Border.
Historically, it would be hung either with a
narrow border around all margins or with a
combination of a broad festoon frieze and
narrow borders to trim the other margins.
Repeat 6½ inches
Width 20 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.