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Design for a Wallpaper with Alternative Pattern

Unknown1840–60

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A dado is at the bottom of a high entablature, of which an ornamentation is suggested alternatively for the bottom moldings. Alternating broad rose and green stripes are connected by narrow yellow ones. The lower part of the wall suggests obliquely dispersed stripes of boughs and petals. The upper part suggests ribbons wound around poles for the broad stripes, rows of vine leaves for the narrow stripes. Black framing stripe; margins showing whitish color.

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Details

  • Title: Design for a Wallpaper with Alternative Pattern
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1840–60
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: Verso in graphite upper left: Austria
  • Dimensions: 33.6 x 24.6 cm (13 1/4 x 9 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Mary Hearn Greims
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor on white wove paper

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