Drawing, "Panel of Arabesques for the Hôtel de Salm, Paris", 1785 Pen and black ink, brush and gouache, black chalk on toned paper, lined. Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council. 1911-28-219.
What is this?
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 object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource, Tuesday, March 26, 1991 - Sunday, August 30, 1992