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Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz

Percier & Fontaine

Allegories of the Arts

Allegories of the Arts, neoclassical wallpaper decor designed by Percier and Fontaine.

Full Height with bottom Dado : 9’7” (2,97m) (Dado H. 17 ¾ inches, 45 cm) Height without Dado: 8’3” (2,52m) Breakdown Measurements of Widths: - Agriculture: 4’6” (1,37m) - Engraving: 4’6” (1,37m) Architecture: 4’6” (1,37m) - Music: 4’6” (1,37m) - Painting and Sculpture: 7’6” (2,28 m) Total Linear Width: 25’5” (7,76m)


Rare décor designed by Percier et Fontaine, architects of Napoleon, and most probably the only wallpaper décor they created. 

Wood-block printed , attributed to Jacquemart and Bénard, manufacture, Paris, 1798-1800. 

In a neo-classical style, the six Allegory figures are individually enframed by pilasters and draperies, in an array of sepia and green tones- achieving an exquisite palette.

No other full version of these six Allegories is known to exist

Six Allegories  depicted:

- Agriculture (gardening)

- Engraving

- Architecture

- Music 

- Painting and Sculpture 

The original drawing of two Allegories, Painting and Sculpture, is in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

An identical wallpaper version of two Allegories, Architecture and Music, is in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.