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Design for Wall Decoration with Marbled and Painted Panels

Unknownca. 1810

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Design for a wall. The door is located near the left edge. It has a molded frame in marble color. Below, the wall has a dado, above an entablature with a frieze which is decorated with festoons supported by knots, palmettes, and at the most prominent parts by displayed eagles. A line indicates the corner formed by the entrance wall and the one adjoining at right. The wall is covered with panels, which hold pictures. One and a half panels with pictures is visible (cut off on the right hand side). On both panels, the pictures are arranged in similar fashion. The three paintings in the middle row depict, from top to bottom, a scene of sacrifice, landscape, and dance. Corner pictures are in oval shape and they depict architectural structures. Four small panels between them show figures in costumes. Above the door is a landscape.

Details

  • Title: Design for Wall Decoration with Marbled and Painted Panels
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1810
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, graphite on paper
  • Provenance: Giovanni Piancastelli; Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee
  • Paper Support: White laid paper; pasted on verso, a printed slip: Mengs (Antonio Raffaele)
  • Markings: Watermark: Adriaan Rogge; his monogram; Strasburg bend with lily.Cooper Union Museum stamp on the verso
  • Inscribed: Obliterated inscription in pen and brown ink at lower center; indication of scale in pen and black ink in Palmi Romani
  • Exhibitions: The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource. New York, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Mar. 26, 1991 to Aug. 30, 1992 (exhibited on 2nd rotation: July 8 to Dec. 2, 1991)Crosscurrents: French and Italian Neoclassical drawings and prints from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, 1978 [see Related Exhibitions]Drawings by Italian Architects. New York, A. M. Adler, Mar. 18 to Apr. 5, 1975.French and Italian Neo-classical architectural and decorative drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. London, Royal Institute of British Architects, Heinz Gallery, 1972
  • Dimensions: 37.2 x 55.6 cm (14 5/8 x 21 7/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Crosscurrents: French and Italian Neoclassical drawings and prints from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design. Washington: Published for Cooper-Hewitt Museum by Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978, no. 122, p. 130, repr. French and Italian Neo-classical architectural and decorative drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. London, Royal Institute of British Architects, Heinz Gallery, 1972, no. 18

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