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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 441

    FOUR FRENCH EN GRISAILLE WALL PANELS FROM THE STORY OF PSYCHE

    MERRY-JOSEPH BLONDEL AND LOUIS LAFITTE FOR JOSEPH DUFOUR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    FOUR FRENCH EN GRISAILLE WALL PANELS FROM THE STORY OF PSYCHE
    MERRY-JOSEPH BLONDEL AND LOUIS LAFITTE FOR JOSEPH DUFOUR, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Depicting Psyche showing her jewels to her jealous sisters
    72¼ in. (183.5 cm.) high; 85.5 cm.) wide


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    These wall-paper panels form part of the Psyche series executed in 1815 by Merry-Joseph Blondel and Louis Laffitte for the Manufacture Dufour. This series, originally comprising twenty-six lengths, is directly inspired by the romantic novel of La Fontaine Les Amours de Psyche et de Cupidon, and was exhibited at the 1819 Exposition des Produits de l'industrie where it was awarded a silver medal. Similar examples have been exhibited at the Deutsches Tapetenmuseum, Kassel, Germany and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. E.A.Entwistle, French Scenic Wallpapers 1800-1860, F.Lewis, Leigh-on-Sea, 1972, pl.20-24.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 441-453)