By Janet Dodrill
Carl Fuchs designed the Old South scenic wall paper pattern (1930s-1940s) for the Schmitz-Horning Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The color lithograph (chromolithograph) inks and (washable) paper used were of the highest quality. Old South depicted plantation life in early America, and included a steamboat and fox hunt. There were twelve sections, each approximately 40″ x 80″ in repeat pattern.
The company was co-founded and run by my great-grandfather, Hugo M. Schmitz, and after his death in the late 1930s, run by my grandfather Warren R. Schmitz.
I am almost certain this 1920s Art Deco decorative pattern, Dekorative Vorbilder (Decorative Role Models), which I came across on an auction site, is by the same artist.
Carl Fuchs was also hired by my grandparents to paint an oil portrait of my mother, then a girl of eight years.
Cooper Hewitt, Old South Scenic Panels
Cooper Hewitt, Objects Involving The Schmitz-Horning Co.
Riverview Estate Auctions, September 27, 2015 Auction, Lot 0008B
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