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Design for a wall panel. At the bottom, two satyrs sacrifice flowers at the foot of a burning candelabrum. The satyrs support, with their heads, two half female figures (half female and half flower stem). The figures hold a medallion with a maenad. A putto, supporting a vase, stands on top of the medallion. At the very to center of the composition are two billing doves and at the edges two putti. The putti hold festoons and garlands from which then flower baskets are suspended. The doves hold long garlands, which are then connected to two female figures (one at each side of the central composition). These female figures in turn stand on long decorative spears, which rest on the end tips of the half female figures.

This is a drawing from France. It is dated 1785 and we acquired it in 1911. Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

pen and black ink, brush and gouache, black chalk on toned paper, lined

Its dimensions are

43 x 10.1cm (16 15/16 x 4in.) Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16 in.) Mount: 46.8 x 13.8 cm (18 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.) Frame: 60.3 x 44.8 x 2.5 cm (23 3/4 in. x 17 5/8 in. x 1 in.)

It is signed

Signed on the mount in pen and black ink, lower right: Moitte sculpteur 1785.

This object was created by Jean-Guillaume Moitte

This object was donated by Advisory Council and catalogued by Rudolph Berliner and Megan L. Smith

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170501/ |title=Drawing, "Panel of Arabesques for the Hôtel de Salm, Paris", 1785 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=1 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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