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Locust Grove Frieze

This frieze was found with the Locust Grove Arabesque in the late-18th century home of William Clough, near Louisville Kentucky. While the fragments of the Arabesque were relatively small and necessitated deriving most of the information needed for its reproduction from other sources, the remains of the frieze found at Locust Grove were complete. It … Continued

Lion Frieze

As with the Hermitage Leaf Border, President Andrew Jackson imported this French Empire style frieze for use in his Nashville mansion, the Hermitage. The frieze is matched with an ashlar block pattern and is used in both the upstairs and downstairs side halls. An original fragment at the Hermitage bears the maker’s mark of the … Continued

Lilac Border

The width of borders began to increase as the 19th century progressed. The Lilac Border is an excellent example of what was referred to as an “elegant” border in advertisements of the time. It was found accompanying Adelphi’s Toile de la Fontaine on panels from a folding screen purchased in Paris.

LeBaron Border

Along with Arabesque Pigeons and Garland Tassle Frieze patterns this border was found in the parlor of the Lazarus LeBaron House in Sutton, Massachusetts. As with other borders of the time period, it can be used to frame architectural elements such as doors and windows. The reproduction of this border illustrates the subtle but significant … Continued

Laurel Harlequin Border

The name for this border simply refers to it having been found with the Laurel Harlequin sidewall paper, not that it shares any similarity of design. This unusually spare geometric border can be coupled with other early American patterns of the period.

Lamb’s Tongue Border

The motif for this border is drawn directly from classical ornamentation and is know in a number of variants from American, English, and French sources. The Historic New England archive contains a very similar border printed by Zecheriah Mills in Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1802-1807. Another border was discovered in Richmond, Virginia on a circa 1800 … Continued

King Caesar Border

“King Caesar” was the nickname of Ezra Weston II, one of America’s pre-eminent shipbuilders who operated in Duxbury, Massachusetts. This border was used to trim the King Caesar Stripe in the parlor of the Federal style home, completed for Weston and his wife, Jerusha, in 1809. The twisted vine around a multicolored rod echoes the … Continued

Homewood Border

With its barbed swag, row of beading and fine toothed comb this delicately rendered border is a suitable accent for any of our arabesque patterns and yet is substantial enough to trim a plain paper.

Hermitage Leaf Border

President Andrew Jackson imported this border around 1836 for use in his Nashville mansion, the Hermitage. Most likely printed by the great house of Jacquemart et Bernard, it displays the very essence of the French Empire style, with neoclassical ornamentation banding the bottom, a typical anthemion motif, and yellows ranging from umber to gold that … Continued

Greek Key Border

The Greek Key Border was discovered along with Adelphi’s Grapevine Frieze and the Vine and Paisley pattern in Schuylerville, New York, where it was used as a decorating element around doors and windows. According to the stamped pattern number on the obverse, this particular sample was printed in the 1820s. However, the Greek Key is … Continued