August Frederick Biehle, Sr. Stencil Collection

These stencils were probably used by Biehle in the decoration of homes of Cleveland's elite in the late nineteenth century.

Summary Information

Repository: Cleveland Museum of Art Archives
Creator: Biehle, August F. Sr., 1856-1918
Title: August Frederick Biehle, Sr. Stencil Collection.
ID: 1111.111
Date: about 1874-1918
Extent: 2.0 Linear feet Items are foldered and stored in oversize drawer
Language: English

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Biographical/Historical note

August Frederick Biehle, Sr. was born in Freiberg, Baden, in 1856. His father supported the family by creating costume jewelry. He died when August was only four. Following school August apprenticed to a painter and attended trade school where he focused primarily on drawing. Following three years of military service he emigrated to America in 1880. Settling in Cleveland he worked as a designer and painter for the Cooks Brothers Company for sixteen years before founding his own firm and contracting for work with the firm of Louis Rohreimer (later Rorimer and Brooks). His work as a designer was well known and could be found in the mansions of many prominent Clevelanders, churches, and public buildings in northeastern Ohio. Of his five children August F. Biehle, Jr. achieved distinction as an artist in his own right, exhibiting his paintings at galleries including the Kokoon Arts Club, and in the Cleveland Museum of Art's May Show, where he was a frequent prize winner.

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Scope and Contents note

These stencils were probably used by Biehle in the decoration of homes of Cleveland's elite in the late nineteenth century.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44106
216-707-2492
archives2@clevelandart.org

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to the public. For more information or to access this collection contact archives staff at archives2@clevelandart.org.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

1981.1066 1981.1068 1981.1069 1981.1070 1981.1073 1981.1074 1981.1075 1984.1056 1981.1063.1 1981.1063.2 1981.1063.3 1981.1064 1981.1065 1981.1067 1981.1071 1981.1072 1981.1076.1 1981.1076.2 1981.1076.3 1981.1076.4 1981.1076.5 1981.1076.6 1984.1060 1984.1061 1984.1062 1984.1063

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Interior decoration -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
  • Interior decorators -- Ohio -- Cleveland.

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Collection Inventory

Folder

Stencil Cutout with Color Key about 1874-1918   Two-colored paper stencil cutout, design for border trim, square diamond shapes with oval center, four cutouts keying second color; pencil lines top and bottom for register marks; brush marks on paper indicating brush technique; cutout area is on right side with color key on left; unsigned.

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Scarab Stencil about 1874-1918   Paper stencil with scarab pattern.

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Stencil Cutout with Floral Pattern about 1874-1918   Paper stencil with floral pattern, group of five cherries in center surrounded by flowing leaf shapes; penciled color notations on various areas.

4

Stencil with Renaissance Pattern about 1887-1918   Paper stencil cutout, Renaissance-style repeat pattern; twisting branch flowing from right to left; paper in poor condition and brittle.

1

Stencil with Celtic Motif about 1874-1918   paper stencil with Celtic motif.

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Stencil with Rope Design about 1874-1918   Paper stencil with rope design.

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Stencil with Art-Nouveau Design about 1874-1918   Painted design shows an elaborate Art Nouveau vine design in green and red; the design is underscored by a broken line; the initials "AB" are stencilled at right.

2

Stencil with Maple Leaf Design about 1874-1918   Paper stencil shows four maple leaves between a rail design; areas around cutouts are painted brown.

3

Art Nouveau style Stenciled Textile about 1874-1918 

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Stencil about 1900-1918 

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Renaissance style Stencil about 1874-1918 

5

Stencil about 1900-1918 

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Stencil about 1900-1918 

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Art Nouveau style Stencil about 1874-1918 

5

One of Three Piece Cartoon Set-Cut Out Unit about 1874-1918 

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One of Three Piece Cartoon Set-Dot Unit about 1874-1918 

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One of Three Piece Cartoon Set-Paint Test Color Piece about 1874-1918 

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Renaissance style Stencil about 1874-1918 

5

Art Nouveau styel Stencil about 1874-1918 

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Stencil about 1900-1918 

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Stencil Process Kit-First Stage about 1890-1918 

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Stencil Process Kit-Second Stage about 1890-1918 

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Stencil Process Kit-Third Stage about 1890-1918 

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Stencil Process Kit-Fourth Stage about 1890-1918 

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Stencil Process Kit-Fifth Stage about 1890-1918 

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 . Stencil Process Kit-Sixth Stage about 1890-1918 

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