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13 Rolls Historic Art Nouveau Panoramic Wallpaper, Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle. Sold for $6,000

June 19 | Summer Fine Sale

13 Rolls Historic Art Nouveau Panoramic Wallpaper, Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle. Designed by M. Prosper Tétrel for installation at the Paris Exposition Universelle. The Panorama was designed to encompass all four seasons; this offering includes three of the four seasons, with duplicate spacer panels between. Printed by Société anonyme des Anciens établissements Desfossé & Karth, fabricant, éditeur, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1898/1899 Paris, France (Tétrel); Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, (Desfossé et Karth). Circa 1898-1900 {7' 2 1/4" H., the panels at full length, 21 1/4" W.}. Visions d'Exposition 1900, L'art théatral à Paris mentions designer Tétrel as one of several key designers whose focus on the fair "came from all four corners of the 'intellectual horizon' of Paris. Specific citing this wallpaper, p. 112. The Paris Exposition, edited by D. Croal Thomson, assisted by Herbert E. Butler and E.G. Halton. (London, Art Journal, 1901), page 308. Jérémie Cerman, Le Papier Peint Art Nouveau, Création, Production, Diffusion, (Paris,Mare et Montain, 2012), pp. 136-137. Some minor tears, and several panels slightly reduced. The color is bright and the printing crisp. Prosper Tétrel received US Patent #11,602 and 11,613 for carpet designs for the Bigelow Rug Company, Clinton, Massachusetts as early as 1879. La Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

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