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Butterfly Chintz

The original antique document for this pattern was purchased by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for its collection. Little is known about the origins of this early French pattern, although the use of multiple floral species emanating from a single vine was a popular one. Exceptionally beautiful, it illustrates how closely fabric and wall hangings correlated … Continued

Blue Hill Stripe

Discovered in the parlor of an 1803 Federal house in Blue Hill, Maine this dramatic pattern is an excellent example of the melding of two motifs: one, a set of stripes and the other a dense, overall foliate. The concise interplay between these two components, plus the bold use of colors, strongly suggest a French … Continued

Bixby Vine & Drapery

The Bixby Vine and Drapery pattern is similar to patterns being printed by Moses Grant, Jr. during the same time period. Nevertheless, it is thought that the document of this pattern was probably not from the Grant factory but was a copy. Two examples are known to exist. One is found lining a hide covered … Continued

Bellingham Cary Vine

Found in the parlor of the 18th century Bellingham-Cary House in Chelsea, Massachusetts, this scrolling vine pattern is an example of an early 19th century roller printed pattern. The relatively small repeat is typical of early mechanized printing, as the technology for producing larger rollers, and therefore larger repeats, had not completely been developed. The … Continued

Ada Harris

This wonderful, folksy paper, clearly American in style and design, was found in the home of Ada Harris, a legendary antiques dealer from upstate New York. The house was originally a tavern in Sangerfield, along the post road from Boston to Buffalo. Ms. Harris claimed the paper was from an upstairs bedchamber; it is typical … Continued