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Panoramic wallpaper "The Story of Psyche" edited by Desfossé & Karth
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Ref : 90806
140 000 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Desfossé & Karth
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Wallpaper
Dimensions :
L. 552.76 inch X H. 71.65 inch X P. 1.97 inch
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Panoramic wallpaper "The Story of Psyche" edited by Desfossé & Karth

Rediscovery of an exceptional cycle of wallpapers representing the story of Psyche in 12 grisaille paintings by the Manufacture Desfossé & Karth Circa1872.

Panoramic wallpaper "The Story of Psyche"
Xavier Mader (1789-1830), designer and engraver
Louis Lafitte (1770-1828) and Merry-Joseph Blondel (1781-1853), authors of the composition
According to François Gérard (1770-1837) and Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823), authors of the model
Manufacture Joseph Dufour, Paris, 1815
Reissued by the Desfossé & Karth manufacture in 1872
Mechanical paper, hand-brushed gray background, printing in 26 strips and 1245 engraved wooden boards

«You will find here Dufour's new work, Psyché en 12 tableaux
grisaille: it is without a doubt the most beautiful wallpaper production (...). "
Jean Zuber, Letter to his son-in-law Frédéric Feer, March 12, 1816.

The cycle presented has never been exhibited. The colors of the grisaille have not undergone any alteration from light. The complete cycle is of the same period and the same series. Finally, the general condition is very good. The 26 les have been kept in rolls to this day. Nevertheless we can note some tear.

Origin:
Christie's sale in 1995.
By descent from the previous owner

Museum:
A similar cycle (from the same period) but not complete is kept at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. Inv. HH 2

«You will find here Dufour's new work, Psyché en 12 tableaux
grisaille: it is without a doubt the most beautiful wallpaper production (...). "
Jean Zuber, Letter to his son-in-law Frédéric Feer, March 12, 1816.


Dimensions (the width): 182 x 54 cm. / 72 by 22 ½ in.
Total dimensions of the cycle: 182 x 1404 cm. / 72 by 583 in.

The 12 paintings represent the story of Psyche in this chronological order:
1. Psyche's parents consulting the Oracle of Apollo, strips 1 and 2. Two strips. H.1.82m x W.1.08m.

2. Psyche removed by the Zephirs, strips 3 and 4. Two strips. H.1.82m x W.1.08m

3. Psyche in the bath, rolls 5 to 8. Four strips. H.1.82m x L.2.16m

4. Psyche showing her jewelry to her sisters, strips 9 to 12. Four strips. H.1.82m x L.2.16m

5. Psyche wanting to stab Love, lengths 13 and 14. Two lengths. H.1.82m x W.1.08m

6. Psyche abandoned, l 15. One l. H.1.82m x L.0.54m

7. Psyche collected by a fisherman, lengths 16 and 17. Two lengths. H.1.82m x W.1.08 m

8. Psyche bringing to Venus a vase of water from the Fountain of Youth, lengths 18 to 20. Three lengths. H.1.82m x W.1.62m

9. Psyche going to the Underworld, le 21. One le. H.1.82m x L.0.54m

10. Psyche returning from the Underworld, le 22. A le. H.1.82m x L.0.54m

11. Reconciliation of Venus and Psyche, strips 23 to 25. Three strips. H.1.82m x W.1.62m

12. Hymen of Psyche and Love, le 26. A le. H 1.82 m x L 0.54 m

Galerie William Diximus

CATALOGUE

19th Century Oil Painting