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What is this?

Enclosed within a diaper framework of acanthus foliage is a bouquet containing iris, tulip, rose and carnation flowers. The design is printed in a monochrome scale of tans with metallic gold highlights on an off-white satin or polished ground.

Why is this in our collection?

This paper displays meticulous production, wood-block printing, embossing, and a polished ground that would have made it a very high-end product. The paper’s design shows a strong William Morris influence, but more realistically rendered. Several innovations and a renewed interest in relief and imitative patterning led to the popularity of embossed wallcoverings during the last quarter of the 19th century, including Lincrusta-Walton, Tynecastle canvas, imitation leather papers, and others. This paper would complement the museum’s collection of embossed and printed papers of this period from England, France, Japan, and the United States. The museum already holds a smaller piece of this design in a... more

This is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 1880–1900 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of Joan D. Wheeler.

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Its medium is

block-printed and embossed design on paper

Its dimensions are

L x W: 792.5 x 50.5 cm (26 ft. x 19 7/8 in.)

This object was donated by Joan D. Wheeler

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Sidewall (possibly England), 1880–1900 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=5 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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