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Wall Covering, "The Pheasants" from the "Vatican Verdures" Series

Wall Covering, "The Pheasants" from the "Vatican Verdures" Series

after 1799

designed by

Jean-Démosthène Dugourc

(French, 1749-1825)


Camille Pernon & Cie


Lampas (satin weave and plain weave variant), brocaded, embroidered (chain, satin stitches); silk

Overall: 237 x 45.7 cm (93 5/16 x 18 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1935.237


France developed a thriving silk industry in Lyon with the goal of becoming the fashion center of Europe. Employment soared to some 20,000 workers by the time of the French Revolution in 1789. Designs changed annually, colors established new fashions, and spectacular silks were produced during the late 1700s. Dugourc, an architect who studied in Italy, became a renowned textile designer for Camille Pernon & Cie, purveyors to King Louis XVI (reigned 1774–92). He created this elaborate, balanced composition as part of elegant wall coverings for the Casita del Labrador, near Madrid. Dugourc named the series after frescos by Raphael in the Vatican.

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