Thursday, October 10, 2013

Venetian Bedroom, circa 1718

I love visiting the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, and since I became a member, it's great being able to just run in for an hour when I'm in the area.   No matter what I intend to see, however, I usually find myself migrating towards textiles.  Recently I enjoyed wandering through some period rooms and was especially impressed by this bedroom, a la Palazzo Sagredo, Venice, circa 1718.
The bed and its furnishings is a total show-stopper.  The green silk damask is everywhere in the room: walls, ceiling, windows, and door.
On the walls, a coordinating shaped border pattern is layered over the damask as a sort of mock valance, trimmed in gold.  But it was the skinny cartridge pleats on the portiere that really caught my eye.  I keep thinking about them, so I wouldn't be surprised if they turn up in something I make, sometime soon.
I peered in as close as I could to try to figure out where the fabric was seamed.  Oddly, the pattern wasn't even matched when the lengths were joined.  I've seen that non-match in other 18th century window furnishings as well.  
There are two windows in this room, and they're each treated differently.  The far window was pretty hard to see; there are very narrow panels and a shirred skirt under a carved header.
Due to the light glare the near window is hard to make out; an ondule shaped valance in two fabrics, trimmed  with braid and fringe, tops what seem to be functional panels. 
What can I say about the canopy?- over-the-top seems like an understatement.  The damask is pleated, draped, and swagged in weird, stiff shapes all around the myriad hovering carved figures.

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