This wallpaper and the accompanying Floret Border
were hung in the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead,
Massachusetts. The opulent Georgian mansion, which has been owned and
preserved by the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society since 1909,
features rococo interior carvings as well as early English hand-painted
scenic papers from the 1760s.
The Pagodas pattern is representative of many of
the chinoiserie designs popular in the mid-to-late 18th century. It was
probably inspired by an engraved design published by Jean Baptiste
Pillement, the source for much of the chinoiserie used as rococo
Adelphi offers the paper in its original colorway
of pink, white and black printed on a deep grey ground. Another period
colorway would employ the same printed colors on either deep blue or
turquoise. This pattern was chosen by Colonial Williamsburg for an
upstairs bedchamber in the Peyton Randolph house.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society.
Repeat 42 inches
Width 21 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two widths of the
pattern installed. Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.