Sidewall, 1880–1900 Block-printed and embossed design on paper. Gift of Joan D. Wheeler. 2009-25-1.
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.