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1940

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1941

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Sidewall, Persian, ca. 1940

This is a sidewall. It is dated ca. 1940 and we acquired it in 1941. Its medium is block-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This paper focuses on the exotic pomegranate plant, which is native to Persia (present-day Iran). The densely woven pattern containing the pomegranate fruit, flower, and foliage is characteristic of Morris & Co. wallpapers. Depicting elements of the plant’s life cycle is common in floral wallpapers and relates to botanical illustration.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Persian Passion by the Yard.

It is credited Gift of Robert W. Friedel.

  • Sidewall, Indian
  • block-printed on paper.
  • Gift of Clifford Murvine, Reed Wallpaper Company.
  • 1977-28-9-a/j
  • Sidewall (England)
  • block-printed and flocked on embossed ground.
  • Gift of Cole and Son, Ltd..
  • 1953-134-4

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sidewall (Japan)
  • block-printed paper, embossed.
  • Gift of Arlene M. and Thomas C. Ellis.
  • 1981-65-60
  • Sidewall, Fruit
  • block printed on paper.
  • Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc..
  • 1935-23-15

Its dimensions are

H x W: 55.5 x 57 cm (21 7/8 x 22 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Persian, ca. 1940; England; block-printed on paper; H x W: 55.5 x 57 cm (21 7/8 x 22 7/16 in.); Gift of Robert W. Friedel; 1941-74-7

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