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Frieze (USA)

This is a Frieze. It was manufactured by Hobbs, Benton & Heath. It is dated ca. 1908 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

A wallpaper frieze created a transition between the saturated colors fashionable on wallpapers of the period to the pale tones preferred on ceilings. The frieze would suggest the room’s color scheme: a deep red or green tone-on-tone paper below, and a warm tan with a slight sparkle pattern on the ceiling.

This object was donated by Paul F. Franco. It is credited Gift of Paul F. Franco.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 121 x 51 cm (47 5/8 x 20 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in bottom margin: HBH and 3641.

Cite this object as

Frieze (USA); Manufactured by Hobbs, Benton & Heath; machine-printed paper; H x W: 121 x 51 cm (47 5/8 x 20 1/16 in.); Gift of Paul F. Franco; 1938-50-16

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color and Rooms with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper.

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