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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?

Several innovations and a renewed interest in relief and imitative patterning led to the popularity of Lincrusta-Walton, Tynecastle canvas, imitation leather papers and other embossed wallcoverings during the last quarter of the 19th century. The design shows a strong William Morris influence, but is rendered more realistically. The meticulous production, wood-block printing, embossing and polished ground all increased the cost of this paper making it a very high-end product.

This is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 1880–1900 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of Joan D. Wheeler. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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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