Monday, March 31, 2014

The Home Beautiful: A Cowtan & Sons Wallpaper Frieze, c. 1830

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Cowtan & Sons
London, c. 1830
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Cowtan & Sons, a celebrated early-to-mid Nineteenth-Century producer of wallpaper, created this frieze to augment the crown molding in a room. The border, printed with woodblocks, depicts various fruit and cereal crops. The design is framed by an edge which duplicates beaded trim. It dates to about 1830. This specimen would have served as a showroom example and is one of fifty-five such pieces which remain from the stock of Cowtan & Sons.

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