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Sidewall (France)

This is a sidewall. It was designed by Jean Lurçat and manufactured by Pierre Chareau. It is dated 1923 and we acquired it in 1930. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Lurcat designed several papers for French architect and designer Pierre Chareau interiors including this one for the 14th Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1923. While the high contrast colors might appeal to and stimulate a child, the images of tanks and battleships might not seem like appropriate décor for a nursery today.

This object was donated by Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Sidewall, The Months
  • machine-printed from engraved rollers.
  • Gift of Mrs. Edwin F. Tarbox.
  • 1948-77-1
  • Bandbox, Clayton's Ascent
  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1917-36-2-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W: 51 x 48 cm (20 1/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

It is inscribed

In graphite beside wallpaper on page, "French"

Cite this object as

Sidewall (France); Designed by Jean Lurçat (French, 1892–1966); Manufactured by Pierre Chareau (French, 1883–1950); block-printed paper; H x W: 51 x 48 cm (20 1/16 x 18 7/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan; 1930-21-1-f

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