Sidewall (France), 1789
This arabesque design was the first wallpaper acquired by the museum at Cooper Union. This was produced by the Réveillon factory, one of the premier wallpaper manufacturers in Paris known for their sophisticated designs and high quality standards. Arabesque wallpapers were composed of a variety of classical motifs including draped female figures, tripod urns, floral and pearl festoons, and scrolling foliage arranged symmetrically in vertical bands. These designs were inspired by the excavations at the recently discovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Réveillon’s arabesques consisted of three types: large panels of a single arabesque design, narrow arabesques used to frame the larger panels, and repeating arabesque patterns printed in either a single or double-column format, as seen here.
This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled How It All Began: The First Wallpaper Acquired by Cooper Union.
This object was
Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 107 x 52.5 cm (42 1/8 x 20 11/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall (France), 1789; Made by Jean-Baptiste Réveillon (French, 1725–1811); block printed on handmade paper; H x W: 107 x 52.5 cm (42 1/8 x 20 11/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild; 1900-5-3