Ornament (France), 1850–60
This is a Ornament. It is dated 1850–60 and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is block-printed and hand painted on a combed background. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.
This is one panel from a set of four bearing similar likeness. On a combed or dragged ground simulating oak, each has a block-printed simulation of an ornate carved wood frame containing a hand painted landscape scene. This frame contains a scene of two small goldfinches perched in the crotch of a tree, attending a nest with eggs. Composing the background behind the birds is a near cloudless sky. These panels would have been used in groups, hung on opposite sides of the room, alternating with plain wood grained panels. These panels were produced at a time when a high degree of realism was fashionable in wallpapers. Also popular at this time were decors or fresco papers which contained an elaborate architectural framework with pilasters, wainscot and moldings enclosing a scene from a scenic wallpaper or a printed landscape scene modeled after a painting.
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Its dimensions are
81.5 x 50.5 cm (32 1/16 x 19 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Ornament (France), 1850–60; block-printed and hand painted on a combed background; 81.5 x 50.5 cm (32 1/16 x 19 7/8 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-62
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.