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Design Art, Neoclassical Dionysian Cornucopia, Antique Drawing, 19th Century
Neoclassical Cornucopia Dionysian Design
First Half 19th Century
Watercolor and gouache on paper
13.75 x 13.5 inches
An original neoclassical foliate design in purple tones, incorporating a pair of cornucopia with fruit, as well as a thyrsus (a staff tipped with a pine cone and decorative twine), grapes, and grape leaves associated with Dionysus, Greek god of wine. This design is characteristic of those made during the Regency period, a time of revival of ancient classical motifs following the exploration of the Middle East spurred by Napoleon’s explorations and conquests in Egypt.
A design such as this was typically used as a preliminary study for fabrics, wall paper, or decorative arts such as ceramics or metal work. Decorative arts designs were also done as exercises by architecture students, sometimes copied from other sources.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soft creases. Faint toning from former matting in outer margins, can be rematted out when framed. Remnants of former hinges in upper margin, backside, appears stable and not affecting the front.