This furnishing textile epitomizes Rococo Revival textiles, with flowers enclosed in asymmetrical cartouches comprised of """ and "S" scrolls. Mid-eighteenth-century Rococo textiles did not make use of the cartouche in this way; this motif has been lifted from other eighteenth-century art forms such as furniture, carved wall panels (boiserie), and silver. Revival styles were particularly popular in the United States, and French textiles were frequently imported for use in upper-class American homes of the mid-nineteenth century. The carpet in the Museum's Rococo Revival Parlor displays a similar combination of asymmetrical scrolls and floral bouquets.
Artist: After a painting by baron François Gérard (French, Rome 1770–1837 Paris)Date: designed 1805, woven 1808–11Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (26-28 warps per inch, 10-12 per cm.); gilded pine frameAccession: 43.99On view in:Gallery 553