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A suite of four wallpaper panels and eight pliasters, Louis XVI, circa 1780, attributed to the Royal Manufactury of Wallpapers of Jean-Baptiste Réveillon
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A suite of four wallpaper panels and eight pliasters, Louis XVI, circa 1780, attributed to the Royal Manufactury of Wallpapers of Jean-Baptiste Réveillon
Estimate
20,00030,000
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A suite of four wallpaper panels and eight pliasters, Louis XVI, circa 1780, attributed to the Royal Manufactury of Wallpapers of Jean-Baptiste Réveillon
the grotesque decor with mythological figures and trophies 
Quantity: 4
267 x 155 cm, 267 x 160 cm, 267 x 146 cm, 267 x 146 cm ; 105 x 61 in, 105 x 63 in, 105 x 57½in, 105 x 57½in
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Provenance

Collection of Edouard van Nerom in his hôtel particulier, Brussels, thence by descent

Literature

Related litterature: 
- F. Teynac et al., Le Monde du Papier Peint, Paris, 1981, pp. 86-94
- B. Jacqué, Les papiers peints en arabesques de la fin du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1995

Catalogue Note

In terms of their beauty and technical perfection, these beautiful panels represent the apex of wallpaper production of the late eighteenth century in France. Jean-Baptiste Réveillon (1725 - 1811) endorsed the use of wallpaper in interior decoration to become an important element in its own right, allowing it to be regarded in a similar vein as leather and upholstery. Interior decoration during the reign of Louis XVI affirmed that it was no longer just a substitute to imitate precious fabrics. Madame de Pompadour, through her brother, the Marquis de Marigny, the intendant des Bâtiments du Roi, introduced this new approach to Versailles, thereby allowing for the Royal acknowledgment and success of Jean-Baptiste Réveillon.

At the same time, the interest in the archaeological rediscoveries of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum was being reinterpreted by artists such as Jean-Baptiste Huet, Prieur, Joseph Laurent Malaine or Lavallée-Poussin, including two sets of etchings by Piranese entitled, Vassi-Cippi-Candelabri of 1778 and Les Arabesques des Bains de Livie dans la Villa Adrienne of 1789.

Réveillon took advantage of the technical advances of the second half of the eighteenth century for the manufacturing of wallpaper. His flourishing business, established in 1763 in the famous Folie-Titon on rue Charonne, employed three hundred workers by1789 and obtained the title of Manufacture Royale in 1783 and 1784. A master in the art of communication, Réveillon skillfully disseminated the news to the press about the construction of the first hot-air balloon at the Foili-Titon factory, and up until the French Revolution, it became a prestigious destination for foreigners visiting Paris.

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