Typical of French papers of the period, this
delicate and highly sophisticated pattern uses naturalistic motifs in
an arabesque arrangement. The term "Arabesque" refers to the placement
of figures with a bilateral symmetry into a columnar format. In this
case the columns are set in a half-drop of the pattern repeat.
This Parisian arabesque exemplifies the technique
of creating volume that French designers mastered in the last quarter
of the 18th century. With subtle shading it hints at light and shadow.
The document color scheme of greens and black against a coral ground
was highly fashionable at this time.
Parakeet and Pearls is suitable for almost any
principal room or hallway. Historically it would have been installed
with a narrow border and possibly a wide frieze.
Repeat 21¼ inches
Width 211⁄8 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two widths of the
pattern installed. Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.