"Castles on the Rhine" - Small Castle on Gold Ground - Antique Wallpaper Remnant

Item ID: WQ-10382
Style: Arts & crafts
Date: 1910s
Theme: Finest & rarest, Forest/trees, Views/landscape
Color: Brown, Green, Metallic, Orange
Type: Frieze
Mnfr: M.H. Birge & Sons, Buffalo, New York
Dimensions: 21" Repeat X 20" Pattern W (22" Paper W)

One of the finest pieces we've presented to date, this frieze section is part of a larger three-part series called "Castles on the Rhine" and is extremely rare. Introduced in the 1904 Birge Book, the pictorial frieze was uniquely designed in three parts which could be cut and combined in different sequences on the wall.

This example of the small castle element was printed in an impasto-like technique on a gold metallic ground, then richly over-glazed with a stain or varnish to create an aged, hand-made appearance. A single partial roll of this paper was found in a church rummage sale, in excellent condition. A damaged sample of the coordinating large castle element in an olive colorway on a blended ground is held in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Birge Pattern No. 637.


See an example of Ready-to-Hang Artwork based on this Original Wallpaper Remnant.

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