Dado (France), 1780–85
This large panel is a dado paper which would decorate the wall space below the chair rail and would have been installed with a coordinating sidewall paper above. Given the strong neoclassical format and large scale of this design it would probably have been paired with non-repeating arabesque panels of a grand scale. The main design elements are printed in grisaille, with medallions simulating cameos. Manufacturers printed patterns in grisaille or shades of gray to impart a more classical or sculptural quality to a design. This paper shows one repeat of the design and is simulating an inset panel.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 51.4 x 148 cm (20 1/4 x 58 1/4 in.)
Cite this object as
Dado (France), 1780–85; block-printed on handmade paper; H x W x D: 51.4 x 148 cm (20 1/4 x 58 1/4 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-58
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.