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  • We acquired this object.



Sidewall, ca. 1700

This is a Sidewall. It is dated ca. 1700 and we acquired it in 1903. Its medium is embossed leather, painted, gilded. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Sarah and Eleanor collected embossed leather wallcoverings, antique wallpapers, and American bandboxes (lightweight boxes for carrying clothing accessories), amassing nearly 500 items, including over 100 gilt-leather pieces, such as the one on view here. Cooper Hewitt now holds the largest wallcoverings collection in North America.

This object was donated by George A. Hearn. It is credited Gift of George Arnold Hearn.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 32.5 x 29 cm (12 13/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, ca. 1700; embossed leather, painted, gilded; H x W: 32.5 x 29 cm (12 13/16 x 11 7/16 in.); Gift of George Arnold Hearn; 1903-9-9

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