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Sidewall, Kairo

This is a sidewall. It was made by Wiener Werkstätte and manufactured by Maria Likarz-Strauss. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 1971. Its medium is machine printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Drapery design rendered in a minimal yet embellished fashion creating an elegant imitation. The designer picked out the most salient features of a good drapery: the way the fabric drapes, how the shadows fall on the pleats or folds in the fabric, the way the embellished pattern continues up and over those pleats, to fashion this exquisite design. The pleats appear somewhat rigid, almost to the point of abstraction, but not quite.

It is credited Gift of Harrison Cultra.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • block printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-2-110

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

  • Sidewall (USA)
  • machine-printed paper.
  • Gift of Victorian Collectibles.
  • 1979-91-831
  • Sidewall (France)
  • block-printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Josephine Howell.
  • 1955-85-5

Its dimensions are

H x W: 93 × 56 cm (36 5/8 × 22 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in margin: "Wiener Werkstatte".

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Kairo; Made by Wiener Werkstätte (Austria); Manufactured by Maria Likarz-Strauss (Austrian, b. Poland, 1893–1971); Austria; machine printed on paper; H x W: 93 × 56 cm (36 5/8 × 22 1/16 in.); Gift of Harrison Cultra; 1971-62-6

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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