Frieze (France), 1810–20
This frieze simulates a drapery festoon containing an embroidered border, above a simulated cyma reversa molding enriched with acanthus leaves and palmettes. The intent of this type of drapery swag was to be used at the bottom of the papered wall, as one part of a three part installation. A border at the top of the wall would contain a printed hanging rod and drapery pleats, while the main sidewall paper would continue these pleats and folds down the wall meeting up with the pleats in the bottom border. These printed drapery swags were also used alone as a frieze or top border paired with a patterned sidewall paper. This drapery swag was reproduced and used in a restoration of the Blue Room in the White House.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D (a,b): 42.6 × 88.6 cm (16 3/4 × 34 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Frieze (France), 1810–20; block printed on handmade paper; H x W x D (a,b): 42.6 × 88.6 cm (16 3/4 × 34 7/8 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1928-2-69-a,b
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.