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Object ID #18638639

This is a Sidewall. It was manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co.. We acquired it in 1992. Its medium is machine-printed paper, embossed. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Burchfield is one of the most renowned American watercolorists of the twentieth century, but is less well known as a wallpaper designer for M. H. Birge and Sons in Buffalo, New York, from 1921 until 1929. While a number of his wallpapers were based on his paintings, Modernistic is the result of the Birge company asking him to design a modern wallpaper. While the least representative of Burchfield’s style of painting, it became one of his most popular wallpapers.

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Object ID #18638639; Manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co. (United States); USA; machine-printed paper, embossed; 1992-109-3

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

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