Sidewall, La Chasse au Faucon (Falcon hunt), 1794–97
This arabesque design showing nearly a full repeat is printed in the single column format and contains two different landscape views. A falcon hunt shown at the top is depicted in the playful manner of the fête galante, while the image below suggests the entrance to a park, which had become a new fashion in landscape design. Arabesque wallpaper designs frequently defy all logic of gravity, as seen here, with the different views or landscape plateaus being delicately balanced on, or suspended from another element. These two seemingly floating plateaus are delicately connected by vining tendrils. Arabesque designs were inspired by the excavations at the recently discovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 104 x 54.5 cm (40 15/16 x 21 7/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall, La Chasse au Faucon (Falcon hunt), 1794–97; France; block printed on handmade paper; H x W: 104 x 54.5 cm (40 15/16 x 21 7/16 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-28