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Decorative Arts

On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
A colorful parade of interlocking bands, scrolling motifs, and running hares in brilliant red, golden yellow, white, black, and luminous blue creates the registers of this tapestry-woven fragment. In textiles such as this one from the late Fatimid or early Ayyubid period, there is an increased interest in ornament and the inscriptions serve mainly as decorative frameworks.
MEDIUM Rosewood
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1856
    DIMENSIONS Headboard: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 in. (166.4 x 148.6 cm) Footboard: 36 x 58 1/2 in. (91.4 x 148.6 cm) Depth of Bed: 83 in. (210.8 cm) Overall: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 x 83 in. (166.4 x 148.6 x 210.8 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Ernest Vietor
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION John Henry Belter (American, born Germany, 1804-1863). Bed, ca. 1856. Rosewood, Headboard: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 in. (166.4 x 148.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ernest Vietor, 39.30. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.39.30_detail.jpg)
    IMAGE detail, CUR.39.30_detail.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bed: laminated rosewood with carved and pierced decoration; head and foot are serpentine in shape surmounted with carved decoration of oak leaves and acorns and a central carved cartouche of an angel. A short section of the side rails is carved and upholstered in striped satin material. There is a box spring mattress and a mattress. Condition: good.
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