Fragment of festoon wallpaper border from Montpelier, ca. 1794
One of the first bills that Moses Grant presented to Henry Knox included “43 yds Festoon border.” This fragment retrieved from Montpelier before it was razed in 1871 is probably part of that order. The imitation of fabric draped and gathered in festoons was a common design element in the late eighteenth century; Knox even purchased a set of “festooned” china in 1797. Remains of yellow paper on the reverse side of the fragment suggest that Knox applied this border over a plain yellow paper.
Donated to Montpelier from an unknown source
Accession number: G-2-11
Henry Knox Papers, Collection 166 of the Maine Historical Society.