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Stencil Collections
   
Border Wall Stencils Collection

Two distinct styles of wall stenciling arose in New England between the Revolutionary War and the turn of the 19th century. In one, stencils cover most of a wall's surface; in the other, presented in this collection, the stencils are more linear and are usually limited to the wall's borders. There are rarer examples where border-style motifs — urns with swags, for example, appear on the wall's interior. Still, they are used with the same linearity seen in the borders, and are considered border stencils.

Please click on the image on the left to access The Border Wall Stencils collection online. You can also download a PDF of the Catalogue or order a Catalogue via the mail.

   

   
Moses Eaton Collection

These stencils brought color and artistry to rural people eager for their plain walls to be transformed by red and green on backgrounds of salmon and raspberry pink, dove grey, sunny yellow and yellow ochre. Some stenciling appears on natural plaster or whitewashed walls or wood paneling; less expensive backgrounds, but still a way to afford the desired decoration.

Please click on the image on the left to access The Moses Eaton collection online. You can also download a PDF of the Catalogue or order a Catalogue via the mail.

   

   
New England Floor Stencils Collection

Stenciling of floors was a way to simulate woven carpet, floorcloths and parquet floors without the expense. The stenciled design was protected with varnish which, over time, mellowed to a rich yellow/brown causing the black, red, green and white paints to appear as the finest inlay of variegated woods set in background colors of yellow ochre, grey, "Indian red", and green. This collection includes stencils for both floors and floorcloths.

Please click on the image on the left to access the Floor Stencil collection online. You can also download a PDF of the Catalogue or order a Catalogue via the mail.

   

 
A Wall Stencil Sampler From New England

This collection includes 31 walls and over 150 authentic stencils. Stencils from The Hall Tavern in historic Deerfield, The Stencil House at Shelburne Museum, The Erastus Gates Collection, The Richardson House in Sturbridge Village and The Sage House in South Sandisfield, Massachusetts, are included.

Please click on the image on the left to access the Wall Stencil collection online. You can also download a PDF of the Catalogue.

   

 
The Rufus Porter School of Wall Mural Painting

The Rufus Porter collection provides stencils traced from New Hampshire houses c. 1824-1830. The walls are filled with huge trees, harbor scenes and mountains. Entire villages, houses, lighthouses, little boats and clipper ships are stenciled on top of this hand-painted scenery.

Please click on the image on the left to access The Rufus Porter School of Wall Mural Painting collection online. You can also download a PDF of the catalogue or order a Catalogue via the mail.

 

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Rufus Porter School of Wall Mural Painting
This teaching documentary of 10 New Hampshire houses depicts 14 rooms of wall murals.

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How To Paint a Mural in the Rufus Porter Style
Follow a step by step evolution from laying in the background, the large trees and foliage and overhead vines by hand, to the rich development using the prepared stencils which lend an air of authenticity to the whole.

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Victorian to Arts & Crafts to Art Deco Stencil Collection 1840 - 1940

This collection contains Victorian stencils from Epoch Designs, as well as Greek Revival, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco stencils from the original work of Alfred Rasmüssen, who worked around the Boston area from 1900 to 1940.

Please click on the image on the left to access the Victorian to Arts & Crafts to Art Deco Stencil collection online. You can also download a PDF of the Catalogue or order a Catalogue via the mail.