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know as pilaster and panel decorations, or fresco papers—emerged as a
major wallpaper genre around 1800. They were used in
with borders and other neo-classical elements—dados, pilasters and
friezes—to create an overall decorative scheme of panels for a wall or
an entire room, with the figures framed in the middle of each
panel. As with the Fragonard Months, décors often featured
allegorical and mythological figures.
original documents for this matched pair of Cupid and Psyche overdoor
panels were purchased by Adelphi at a Paris auction; the manufacturer
has not yet been identified. The panels are shown above with a frame of
Adelphi's Cross Banded Border, as in the original documents.
28 3/4 inches