Sidewall (USA), 1903–1904
This is a matching set of sidewall and frieze. Starting in 1900 it was very common to purchase wallpaper in matching sets which contained a sidewall, frieze and ceiling paper. It simplified the decision-making process for the consumer, who then only had to select a color and style. There were still a lot of decorating conventions at this time, and it was recommended that certain papers be used in certain rooms. Landscape friezes were usually recommended for dining rooms, halls and libraries, and the more casual nature of this design would probably relegate it to a breakfast room, which would make every meal feel like a picnic.
This object was
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It is credited
Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D (a) sidewall): 97 × 55.9 cm (38 3/16 in. × 22 in.) L x W (b) frieze): 53 × 55.9 cm (20 7/8 in. × 22 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in left selvedge of sidewall: M.H. Birge & Sons, Co.; U.S.A. 3194; printed in left selvedge of frieze: M.H. Birge & Sons, Co. USA 194.
Cite this object as
Sidewall (USA), 1903–1904; Manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co. (United States); machine-printed paper; H x W x D (a) sidewall): 97 × 55.9 cm (38 3/16 in. × 22 in.) L x W (b) frieze): 53 × 55.9 cm (20 7/8 in. × 22 in.); Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1971-58-8-a,b