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What is this?

The central motif is the Renaissance castle set high upon a hilltop, with a wide road drawn in a strong perspective, leading the viewer up into the castle. A horse-drawn wagon and guard appear on the road. The tops of the castle towers are cut off, making the castle feel more imposing. The surrounding country side is dotted with hills, trees and little cottages. Block-printed on paper embossed to resemble leather.

Why is this in our collection?

Gift offer of 4 pieces of imitation leather paper produced by M.H. Birge & Sons. Leather papers copy exactly the grain, the patterns, and the coloring of antique leathers. These four samples were produced around 1910, but leather papers were a high-end wallpaper popular from the late 19th century, with a renewed interest during the Colonial Revival Movement in the early 20th century. Founded in 1834, the Birge Company was the oldest existing wallpaper company in America when the company was sold to a Canadian concern in 1959. Receiving much accolade for their imitation leather papers, Birge produced these papers in both historic and contemporary styling. They also worked in actual leather if requested by a... more

This is a frieze from United States. It is dated 1905 and we acquired it in 2012. Gift of Mary Kate Conrad. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

block-printed, glazed, embossed paper

Its dimensions are

L x W: 190.5 x 55.9 cm (6 ft. 3 in. x 22 in.)

This object was manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co.

This object was donated by Mary Kate Conrad

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