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Stenciling in the Daniel Glazier Tavern

vine stencil
vine stencil
Stenciling is one of the original forms of wall décor going back thousands of years. The word “stencil” actually means the outline of an image. In the Glazier Tavern, the stenciling illustrates an example of a New England Federal border style popular from the late 18th Century to the early 19th Century. The designs were often influenced by English wallpaper patterns. Wallpaper was expensive at that time, and itinerant stencilers traveled the countryside offering designs to decorate walls which would imitate paper. Stencils were also easy to apply to new walls and did not attract pests.
The Glazier Tavern has original examples of stencils decorated with linear designs used as border prints surrounding doorways, windows, and the four edges of each wall. The pattern subjects include willow trees, willow leaves, geometrics and lily pads. The stencils were discovered under only one layer of wallpaper. Typical colors used before 1850 were lamp black, yellow ochre, red ochre and the more expensive Prussian blue. Although the identity of the artist for the Glazier Tavern is still unknown, the stencils remain a fine example of early American folk art in Willington. The stencils on this website are digital reproductions of stencils from the Daniel Glazier Tavern.
Stencil of Willow tree
Stencils of lily pads geometrics and leaves
Willow tree stencil
Lilypad, leaves, and geometrics stencils

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