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Domino Paper (France), ca. 1750

This is a Domino Paper. It is dated ca. 1750 and we acquired it in 1928. Its medium is block-printed and stenciled on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Domino papers were printed on single sheets of paper by the guild of Dominotiers in France during the 18th century. The original intent of domino papers was for lining trunks and chests of drawers, and they were also used as book end pages. But people saw the decorative aspect of the designs and began pasting them to their walls as they were less expensive and more available than other forms of decoration. These were printed by woodblock with the color accents painted on using stencils. This paper is printed in the double column format and contains two bands of a floral guilloche design.

This object was catalogued by Calvin S. Hathaway. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

  • Sidewall (USA), 1840–60
  • machine-printed on cotton rag paper.
  • Gift of The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • 1998-75-142

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 53 x 36 cm (20 7/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

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Domino Paper (France), ca. 1750; block-printed and stenciled on handmade paper; H x W: 53 x 36 cm (20 7/8 x 14 3/16 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1928-2-75

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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