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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 Côte continues the theme of early 19th-century scenic papers by showing villagers at work and at play in front of a majestic harbor. It depicts fishing boats, tall ships, and ancient ruins, which were also present in Views of Italy, printed 100 years earlier. 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. Numerous manufacturers saw the need for less expensive scenic... more

This is a scenic paper from France. It is dated 1930 and we acquired it in 2005. Gift of Priscilla E. Muller.

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Its medium is

block-printed on paper

Its dimensions are

Overall (Per panel): 400 x 50 cm (13 ft. 1 1/2 in. x 19 11/16 in.)

A timeline of event horizons

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