Hand-Stamped Tooled “Leather” Crown

Item ID: WH-1058-525C
Style: Leather/embossed
Date: 1900s
Color: Brown, Metallic, Red
Type: Panel
Mnfr: M.H. Birge & Sons, Buffalo, New York
Dimensions: 26.13" w x 26.75" h x 0.75" d (paper: 19" w x 19.63" h)

Crown hangings, in which a paper was specially designed to have a decorative treatment at the top of a coordinating but more simple extension of the design below, were one of the hottest trends of first decade or so after 1900, and Birge’s were some of the very best. They moved wallpaper away from all-over repeats and were meant to be used as vertical panels either towards the upper part of a wall or in the space created below a plate rail in a high wainscot around the room, sometimes run continuously and sometimes separated with battens, borders, or trim boards. They were also used on folding screens to great effect.

The origins of this design would seem to include Romanesque and Moorish influences, and it is a compelling and evocative pattern that was first offered in the 1905 Birge Book. It is intricately rendered with the sharp and distinctive leather tooling details that distinguished Birge’s best work. Hand block printed, embossed, and stained.

Presented in a hand-made walnut frame, custom built for this paper. Inquire for additional stock and other mounting or framing approaches.
Birge Pattern No. 8268.

 


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