Project for ceiling decoration


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Project for the sculptured decorations of three caulted ceiling strips. The lower half. The strip at left: the frame is supported by a flying child partly in front of the lower panel. It is decorated similar to the corresponding central one, shown in -2509. Below is a broken pediment with two children, standing and leaning upon the corners. The central strip: a flying putto supports the frame. He is in front of the lower panel which is decorated with acanthus blossoms. Below is an attic pediment, with a mask with a shell as a diadem and with cornucopias springing from the mouth. Below is a festoon. Strip at right: the lower panel is decorated similarly to the central one, shown in -2509. Below is a pediment with two sitting children. Crosses are in the free spaces, corresponding to those in -2509. The scale is at right, in the lower framing line. On the reverse is the other half of the project of -2509. Entwined palm branches are sketched as a decoration of framing strips at left.


  • Title: Project for ceiling decoration
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1650-1675
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Brush and gray wash, pen and ink, pencil and white heightening
  • Provenance: Ex-collection Giovanni Piancastelli, Purchased from Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee
  • Paper Support: paper
  • Dimensions: 39 x 28.2 cm (15 3/8 x 11 1/8 in.)

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