Bedcover (France), ca. 1800

Bedcover with side borders and bolster. The central section shows a center medallion framing a scene of Venus rising from the sea attended by nymphs, cupid, and doves; dolphins swim in the sea in front of her. Below and above are festoons with flowers, cattails and ribbons. Wide side borders have two festoons each of flowers and cattails. Nestled in the festoons are additional scenes of Venus in a chariot drawn by doves and Cupid on a pedestal receiving offering from maidens and attended by winged figure. Wide border is finished with additional borders of the four elements. Bolster has a design of floral swags.

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