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Border (France)

This is a border. It is dated 1805–1815 and we acquired it in 1955. Its medium is block printed on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This border panel would have been used at the bottom of the papered wall, normally ending above the chair rail or dado panel. A similar pleated fabric and lace composition would have continued in the drapery sidewall paper used with this border as can be seen in another paper in the Museum’s collection where the drapery and border papers are still attached. The fashion for draped walls was popularized when decorators working under Napolean, Percier and Fontaine, began covering the walls with silk fabrics in the early years of the 19th century. This trend was quickly realized by wallpaper manufacturers who soon began producing a variety of drapery wallpapers.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Drape the Walls.

This object was donated by Josephine Howell. It is credited Gift of Josephine Howell.

  • Frieze (France)
  • block printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-2-69-a,b

Its dimensions are

55 x 8 cm (21 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Border (France); block printed on handmade paper; 55 x 8 cm (21 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.); Gift of Josephine Howell; 1955-85-4-a,b

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