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Firescreen, Le Couronnement d'Esther, ca. 1825

This is a Firescreen. It is dated ca. 1825 and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is block-printed on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Between the years 1736 and 1742 Jean-François de Troy (French, 1679-1752) created seven cartoons or studies for the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory telling the story of Esther. There were slight variations between de Troy’s paintings and the woven tapestry’s but the changes were minimal. This wallpaper design, the second panel from the series of seven designs, is a nearly exact copy of the woven tapestry, with the block-printed wallpaper panel being printed in reverse of the tapestry. One noted change between the de Troy painting and the tapestry: de Troy had included a pair of dogs at the base of the stairs; this was changed for a pair of covered urns in the tapestry. This panel shows Esther being crowned Queen by Ahasuerus, King of Persia.

This object was donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Sarah Cooper Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 79.5 × 110 cm (31 5/16 × 43 5/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Firescreen, Le Couronnement d'Esther, ca. 1825; France; block-printed on handmade paper; H x W x D: 79.5 × 110 cm (31 5/16 × 43 5/16 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-3

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