Unusually subtle in its detail and coloring while also elegantly bridging popular tastes and the Arts & Crafts Movement, “The Briar Rose” coordinating sidewall and frieze appeared in the 1911 Birge Book as a suggestion for a bedroom treatment. The palette of our frieze fragment is much more sophisticated and restrained than typical bedroom papers, which tended to be light, airy, and distinctly feminine.
Examples of Birge’s surface machine printed papers are actually even harder to come by than their high-end leather papers, as they were lighter weight and stylistically more ephemeral. This example shows the artistic and coloring skills that set Birge apart from the mass-market papers made by others.
Mounted on beveled ¾” bamboo plywood panel. Pattern No. 610-2.
See the Original Wallpaper Remnant that this Ready-to-Hang Artwork is based on.