Scenic Paper, 1930 Block-printed on paper. Gift of Priscilla E. Muller. 2005-25-1-a/n.
What is this?
Panoramic paper depicting the coast of Villefranche in southeast France. The paper contains scenes of the harbor with ships, architectural ruins, figures, cows, goats and sheep. Printed in 8 warm shades of tan. A full set of 14 panels. "La Cote" requires 157 wood blocks to print in this colorway.
Why is this in our collection?
La Côte de Villefranche is a beautiful example of a 20th century scenic wallpaper. La Cote continues the theme of early 19th century scenic papers by showing villagers at work and at play in front of a majestic harbor. It contains fishing boats, tall ships and ancient ruins which were also present in "Views of Italy" printed one hundred years prior. This scenic was printed with a relatively small number of wood blocks and the height of the imagery is quite low. The Colonial Revival period sparked resurgence in the use of scenic wallpapers. While most interior designers advocated the use of antique scenics, many people could not afford this luxury. Countless manufacturers... more