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Object Timeline

1905

  • Work on this object began.

1915

  • Work on this object ended.

1971

  • We acquired this object.

2012

2018

  • You found it!

Sidewall And Frieze (USA), 1905–15

This is a Sidewall and frieze. It is dated 1905–15 and we acquired it in 1971. Its medium is machine-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This is a matching set of sidewall and frieze. Starting in 1900 it was very common to purchase wallpaper in matching sets which contained a sidewall, frieze and ceiling paper. It simplified the decision-making process for the consumer, who then only had to select a color and style. There were still a lot of decorating conventions at this time, and it was recommended that certain papers be used in certain rooms. Landscape friezes were usually recommended for dining rooms, halls and libraries, and the more casual nature of this design would probably relegate it to a breakfast room, which would make every meal feel like a picnic.

This object was donated by Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is credited Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Its dimensions are

97 x 56 cm (38 3/16 x 22 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in left selvedge: M.H. Birge & Sons, Co.; U.S.A. 3194.

Cite this object as

Sidewall And Frieze (USA), 1905–15; machine-printed on paper; 97 x 56 cm (38 3/16 x 22 1/16 in.); Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1971-58-8-a,b

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