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Sidewall (France)

This is a sidewall. It was designed by Harry Wearne and manufactured by Zuber & Cie. It is dated 1901–06 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is block-printed paper, polished ground. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

The execution of this design is quite extraordinary. It is printed in a monochrome pink colorway with gray accents on a polished white ground, giving the paper the appearance of satin. Designed in the Rococo style the pattern contains large-scale elements and trompe l’oeil effects. The strung beads, curling around the acanthus, appear to be in the round, reflecting some unseen light, while the robust scrolling acanthus and cording creates the look of an architectural framework.

This object was donated by James J. Rorimer. It is credited Gift of James J. Rorimer.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 102 x 50 cm (40 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Notation on selvedge reads (in English) Patented Jan'y 8 1901.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (France); Designed by Harry Wearne (British, active Germany, 1852–1929); block-printed paper, polished ground; H x W: 102 x 50 cm (40 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Gift of James J. Rorimer; 1950-111-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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