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Fragment of wall covering from the dining room of the Worsham-Rockefeller House

Attributed to Christopher Dresser British, Scottish

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This remarkably well-preserved fragment of wall covering survives from the dining room of the Worsham-Rockefeller House. It is made of Lincrusta Walton, a heavy paper impregnated with linseed oil and embossed with an allover pattern, a relatively durable wall treatment that became popular during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The embossed pattern of highly stylized blossoms and leaves, accented in gold on a rich burgundy ground, is reminiscent of work by British Reform designers such as Bruce J. Talbert and William Morris. An identical wall treatment was found in the Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson’s house, with interiors also overseen by Schastey. This fragment gives a sense of the rich color and texture of interiors now lost.

Fragment of wall covering from the dining room of the Worsham-Rockefeller House, Attributed to Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse), Embossed and gilded composition material, American

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