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Sidewall (France), 1760–65

This is a Sidewall. It is dated 1760–65 and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is block printed on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

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 object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled India Chintz All Pieced Together.

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

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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.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (France), 1760–65; block printed on handmade paper; H x W: 92.5 x 57 cm (36 7/16 x 22 7/16 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-10

In addition to Hewitt Sisters Collect, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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