“Spain” (wallpaper sample)
Bramsche: Gebr. Rasch & Co., circa 1950. Pictorial wallpaper sample printed in muted colors on an ivory ground, measuring 18 x 15.5 inches. Stamped on verso: “Rasch Waterfast, Spain 1, R 2012, $4.50 single roll.”.
Scarce sample of wallpaper by Laetitia Cerio, Capri-based artist renowned for her spare, whimsical line drawings. Founded in the late nineteenth century, German wallpaper firm Rasch won an international reputation through its collaborations with modernist designers from the Bauhaus and Vienna Secession. In the 1950s and 1960s, owner Emil Rasch commissioned wallpaper designs from artists across Europe, including Salvador Dalí and Bruno Munari, for the International Artists Collection. Cerio’s “Spain” paper, featuring delicately tinted views of a Spanish fishing village, dates from this period. A fine example of midcentury popular design.