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Object Timeline

1906

  • Work on this object began.

1908

  • Work on this object ended.

1985

  • We acquired this object.

1994

2012

2022

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Sidewall - Sample (USA)

This is a Sidewall - sample. It is dated 1906–1908 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

American art nouveau design with a large-scale floral motif filling the width of the paper. While there are no highlights or shadows the overlapping of elements does impart a very shallow sense of depth. Earthy colors such as green, brown and tan were popular in the early twentieth century, as were blue, red and mauve. It was common for wallpapers at this time to contain deeply saturated colors, due in part to the discovery of synthetic dyes a few years earlier.

This object was donated by Dorwin L. Starr. It is credited Gift of Dorwin L. Starr.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • machine printed on paper.
  • Gift of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.
  • 2010-31-42

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 70 × 48 cm (27 9/16 × 18 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall - Sample (USA); machine-printed paper; H x W x D: 70 × 48 cm (27 9/16 × 18 7/8 in.); Gift of Dorwin L. Starr; 1985-19-44

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