Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Back curtain and coverlet for a bed

Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Silk and wool on canvas; plain wood, silk damask; silk
Dimensions:
.11) 94-1/2 x 69-1/2 in. (240.0 x 176.5 cm); .12) 81-3/4 x 65 x 11-1/2 in. (207.6 x 165.1 x 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1953
Accession Number:
53.2.11, .12
Not on view
Stories from Ovid are depicted in the medallions; the secondary scenes represent the fables of Ovid and la Fontaine. In the valence above, Orpheus charms the wild beasts with his music, while to either side an episode from the fable of The Fox and the Stork unfolds. In the center of the left side, the fox receives his dinner guest, the stork, by serving a meal on a flat plate. In the center of the right side, the stork returns the invitation and trick, enjoying his supper from a long-neck bottle.
Léon Dechoux , Sèvres, France ; Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration , New York ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1941; sale, Gimbel Bros., New York, March 25, 1941) ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1953; to MMA)
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