1928 Art Deco Terra Cotta Frieze, 10 Feet, Historic Philadelphia



This 10 foot long terra cotta frieze was salvaged from Philadelphia's Center City theatre district in 1928. The polychromatic frieze features striking Art Deco decorative forms with a glossy finish. The frieze is formed of 5 sections that fit together along the recessed, curved lines of the design. Assembled, the 19 inch tall frieze is 120 inches long. It is made up of 5 pieces measuring 14.5 to 34.5 inches in length (detailed measurements below).

"By the mid-1920s, architectural terra cotta came to be used frequently by forward-looking architects for a number of different reasons: it is fireproof, lightweight, readily available, and economical; it could also be used to create striking aesthetic effects. The use of colored glazes increased dramatically by the mid-1920s, when fashionable new shades such as peach, lime-green, lavender, and ebony were introduced." (Tunick, S, 2017, Art Deco Terra Cotta, Art Deco Society of New York, Vol. 2, Issue 1).

Total weight, approximately 612 lbs
Measurements (assembled): 120(L) x 4.5(W) x 19(H)
Measurements (each part):
1) 13.5"L x 19"H x 4.5"W
2) 25.0"L x 19"H x 4.5"W
3) 34.5"L x 19"H x 4.5"W
4) 25.0"L x 19"H x 4.5"W
5) 26.0"L x 19"H x 4.5"W

Condition: Very good. Glossy glaze and color depth are like new, not faded or dulled. Minimal surface scuffs may be present as expected with age. No cracks. Minor edge chips and mortar residue present.

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