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Frieze, May Tree

This is a Frieze. It was designed by Walter Crane and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. It is dated 1896 and we acquired it in 1955. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

A leading producer of artistic wallpapers, Jeffrey & Company commissioned designs from Walter Crane. In 1872, the company introduced the horizontal division of the wall into three sections: a frieze (such as this design) at the top, a filling below, and a dado that ran from skirting level almost to the floor. This block-printed frieze, featuring large stylized trees with a band of clouds above and bluebells below, received praise in articles on home decoration.

This object was donated by Roger Warner. It is credited Gift of Roger Warner.

  • Frieze, Stamford
  • block-printed and stenciled paper.
  • Gift of Roger Warner.
  • 1955-144-5

Its dimensions are

H x W: 137 x 57.5 cm (53 15/16 x 22 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Frieze, May Tree; Designed by Walter Crane ((English, 1845–1915)); Manufactured by Jeffrey & Company (United Kingdom); England; block-printed paper; H x W: 137 x 57.5 cm (53 15/16 x 22 5/8 in.); Gift of Roger Warner; 1955-144-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Botanical Expressions and Rooms with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper.

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