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Textile, Paradis Terrestre (Earthly Paradise)

This is a Textile. It was manufactured by Tassinari & Chatel. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is silk and its technique is compound satin. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In this fabric, designer Jean Beaumont uses a lush pattern of oversized exotic florals and foliage, interspersed with stylized animal and human figures, to call forth an idyllic scene of paradise on earth. This, however, is a fleeting paradise, as the female figure (Eve) hands the forbidden fruit to the male (Adam). This sophisticated evocation of that fateful moment in the Garden of Eden garnered significant attention when it was exhibited at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, and was featured in several art and textile exhibitions in the following years.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 203.5 × 129.5 cm (6 ft. 8 1/8 in. × 51 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Paradis Terrestre (Earthly Paradise); Manufactured by Tassinari & Chatel (France); France; silk; H x W: 203.5 × 129.5 cm (6 ft. 8 1/8 in. × 51 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1931-1-8

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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