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What is this?

Vertical rectangle of joined sheets of paper. Large flowing design of foliage and flowers in the manner of Jean Pillement's Indian design. Printed in orange, blue, and greens.

Why is this important?

Many of the wallpapers the founders collected are strong examples of a style, or produced by a premier manufacturer, but not always in the best condition. Close inspection of this paper traditionally referred to as India figure or chintz figures shows the paper is actually an amalgamation of many smaller pieces pasted together to complete the design with missing areas being recreated to complete the design. This is one of the earliest wallpapers in the Cooper Hewitt collection.

This is a sidewall from France. It is dated 1760–65 and we acquired it in 1931. Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 205 as part of Hewitt Sisters.

Its medium is

block-printed on handmade paper

Its dimensions are

H x W: 92.5 x 57 cm (36 7/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Pieced together with painted restoration.

This object was donated by Sarah Cooper Hewitt and Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and catalogued by Calvin S. Hathaway

A timeline of event horizons

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319135/ |title=Sidewall (France), 1760–65 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=23 May 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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