Imitation Leather (Japan), ca. 1885
This sample of imitation leather was found among several hundred other samples in a box addressed to Mr. Warren Delano, grandfather of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and labeled "Japanese Wallpaper in Squares." The design is in the Anglo-Japanesque style as seen in the asymmetry of the pattern. The wallcoverings has a peculiar chemical odor, like petroleum. An article found in "The Decorator and Furnisher" in 1885 addressed this issue by stating that the oily smell has been eliminated. Imitation leather wallcoverings became fashionable in the 1870s and gained renewed fervor with the Colonial Revival movement in teh early twentieth century.
Its dimensions are
45.5 x 33 cm (17 15/16 x 13 in.)
Cite this object as
Imitation Leather (Japan), ca. 1885; fiber composition, tung oil, embossed; 45.5 x 33 cm (17 15/16 x 13 in.); 1953-156-11-a/c
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition New York and the Gilded Age.