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Frieze (USA), 1907

This is a Frieze. It was produced by Imperial Wallcoverings Inc.. It is dated 1907 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is machine-printed on paper, mica flakes. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This type of architectural frieze is referred to as a “flitter,” which refers to the applied mica flakes on its surface. The frieze forms part of a very dramatic architectural wall design that includes brackets, columns, and dentils. Flitters seem to have been popular only for a short period around 1910.
We have other flitter papers in the museum’s collection, mostly friezes. Papers such as this increase the diversity of early 20th-century papers in the museum’s collection and broaden the picture of how people were designing their walls. This gift would be an asset to our collection and would benefit researchers and historic home interpretations.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled All That Flitters....

It is credited Gift of Theodore A. Gantz.

Its dimensions are

Overall: 326.4 x 55.5 cm (10 ft. 8 1/2 in. x 21 7/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in selvedge: "Imperial Glens Falls" and pattern number "802".

Cite this object as

Frieze (USA), 1907; Produced by Imperial Wallcoverings Inc. (United States); machine-printed on paper, mica flakes; Overall: 326.4 x 55.5 cm (10 ft. 8 1/2 in. x 21 7/8 in.); Gift of Theodore A. Gantz; 2005-27-7

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