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Sidewall (France)

This is a Sidewall. It was manufactured by J. Grantil Company. It is dated 1928–29 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is machine printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

The majority of this group of wallpapers proposed for acquisition are loose pages removed from two French art deco sample books produced by the J. Grantil Company between 1928 and 1930. The samples are a mix of exuberant and vivid designs, in both modern and traditional styling. There are many examples of matching sidewall and border papers, sidewall coordinates, and independent sidewall papers. The sidewall coordinates could be used alone or together, creating some very striking interiors. A number of the samples have applied lithograph illustrations showing these coordinates in situ. The two books contain similarly styled papers though there are no duplicates. Many of the samples have unique textural patterns, both printed and embossed. This group of wallpapers exhibits the boldness, elegance and sophistication characteristic of the French art deco era.
The remaining papers, unrelated to the Grantil production, are individual samples representing French, English, American, and Belgian manufacture, dating from about 1815 to 1960. The samples include wood block and machine-printed papers, and comprise a wide range of styles and periods, such as Aesthetic and art nouveau. Several of the sidewall papers are designed and produced by André Groult, Paul Gruin, Paul Follot, and Shand Kydd.
The significance of this group of papers lies in the wide variety of matching sidewall and border papers, pendant medallions, and wallpaper coordinates. The acquisition of this group would more than double the museum’s holdings of French art deco papers, providing a much more complete representation of wall treatments available from French manufacturers around 1930.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Whole Lot of Pattern Going On.

This object was donated by Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz. It is credited Gift of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 75 x 47 cm (29 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall (France); Manufactured by J. Grantil Company (France); machine printed on paper; L x W: 75 x 47 cm (29 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.); Gift of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz; 2010-31-105

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