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1946 Original Serigraph Norwegian Vine Plant Scroll Motif Cabinet Art NDW1
1946 Original Serigraph Norwegian Vine Plant Scroll Motif Cabinet Art NDW1

1946 Original Serigraph Norwegian Vine Plant Scroll Motif Cabinet Art NDW1

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This is an original 1946 four-color serigraph of a decorative vine/botanical scroll motif that was used on a corner cupboard from Little Norway/Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Please see the second image to view what is on the verso of this hand-produced serigraph.

Period Paper has obtained an interesting and rare collection of limited edition serigraphs (a silk-screen process) deaccessioned from a major Wisconsin library with interesting historical designs and decor motifs from the 19th century (edition size unknown). The European influence in these designs is visible, but it is specifically the Norwegian influence on early Wisconsin design motifs that is most prevalent in these images. The following basic motifs are present throughout these designs: scroll, floral, and geometric. These original serigraphs would look stunning framed, and their color saturation is exceptional.

These Norwegian forms found their way to Wisconsin in 1838 when a Norwegian settlement was founded in Jefferson Prairie, and these peoples began moving out toward Rock Prairie and Luther Valley. They later prospered at Lake Koshkonong and in Dane, Jefferson, and Rock counties in Wisconsin. As this expansion continued, two-thirds of the 13,000 Norwegians in the United States were located in Wisconsin. These settlements they founded were on average isolated and self-sustainable; they lived as craftsmen directly and entirely from the surrounding woodlands, mountains, and forests, so it is not surprising that woodwork became a basis of artistic expression. This polychrome painting on wood (also called rosemaaling/"rose-painting") has made itself the a famously known mode of Norwegian woodwork handicrafts. This polychrome painting also decorated fabric, dishes, embroidery, clothing, and jewelry.


This 65+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +. Moderate aging in margins. Light creasing. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that this art board was held in a collection by a Wisconsin Library and was recently deaccessioned. A description of the art is on the verso of each hand-produced serigraph.

  • Product Type: Original Serigraph; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.5 x 13.5 inches; 27 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: cabinet, decorative arts, folk, cabinetry, furnish, furniture, furnishing, plants, handicrafts, cultural, leaves, petals, red, yellow, gray, panel