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Frieze (France)

This is a Frieze. It is dated 1810–20 and we acquired it in 1928. Its medium is block printed on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This frieze simulates a drapery festoon containing an embroidered border, above a simulated cyma reversa molding enriched with acanthus leaves and palmettes. The intent of this type of drapery swag was to be used at the bottom of the papered wall, as one part of a three part installation. A border at the top of the wall would contain a printed hanging rod and drapery pleats, while the main sidewall paper would continue these pleats and folds down the wall meeting up with the pleats in the bottom border. These printed drapery swags were also used alone as a frieze or top border paired with a patterned sidewall paper. This drapery swag was reproduced and used in a restoration of the Blue Room in the White House.

This object was donated by Sarah Cooper Hewitt and Eleanor Garnier Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • block printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-2-110
  • Clock (France)
  • fire-gilt bronze, blackened bronze, enameled metal (dial), blued steel....
  • Gift of the Estate of Carl M. Loeb.
  • 1955-82-1

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sidewall, Kairo
  • machine printed on paper.
  • Gift of Harrison Cultra.
  • 1971-62-6

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a,b): 42.6 × 88.6 cm (16 3/4 × 34 7/8 in.)

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Frieze (France); block printed on handmade paper; H x W x D (a,b): 42.6 × 88.6 cm (16 3/4 × 34 7/8 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1928-2-69-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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