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French valance

French
18th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

61 x 95.5 cm (24 x 37 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

59.215

Medium or Technique

Silk; Lampas

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

French, late 18th-century valance.
Pale, neutral green satin ground. Symmetrical pattern, in cream silk bound in tabby weave, shows a fountain flanked by a pair of female nudes each leaning on dolphin fountainheads; at sides, conventionalized leaves terminating in cocks’ heads, tied together with ribbon; below, clusters of fruits, flowers and leaves. Trimmed all around with green and cream braid; lined with heavy linen and green lutestring. Faded; soiled.

Credit Line

Transferred from Decorative Arts Department installation reserve