Popularized by Owen Jones this style of design shows Middle Eastern influence and is similar to arabesque designs found in the Alhambra. Exoticism and the use of metallic gold pigment were highly favored during the later nineteenth century. This arabesque design incorporates both, with the overlapping and intertwined foliage being made more prominent by the gold fill.
It is credited
Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds.
It is inscribed
Printed in selvedge: "701 BB".
Cite this object as
Sidewall (USA); Previously owned by Planaria Price ; block printed on continuous paper; Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds; 1995-165-20