Hello and thank you for looking. This fabulous find is an antique , French theater backdrop a one of a kind, fabulous find! When the light shines behind this backdrop , it illuminates the room with a soft, diffused warm light! I believe the dowel was once a curtain or blind!This textile is hand painted with a wonderful Neoclassical design, fabulous C scrolls and wonderful large scale floral! Hand pained and most likely used as a theater back drop or even a home blind for someone with artistic flair! The base fabric is neither fragile nor is it sturdy, it's rather in between! The bottom edge is more fragile than the body as it was exposed when it was stored for all of these years! There are darker marks on the bottom edge where it was exposed.
The fabric this is a painted on has the wonderful feeling of vellum , and I believe it's either a fabric based paper, or perhaps a heavy silk?? It's really very difficult for me to say what the base of this is!It's rolled on to a wooden dowel One end of this down has the remains of what was the rolling. Mechanism it's metal, with darkened patina! This textile has some tears and there are small holes around the edges. Which are surrounded by rust, so perhaps it was even used at some point as a wall hanging! This charming textile measures 54 inches wide by 89 inches long.
CONDITION : Please see condition details above and photographs. The item "Antique French painted Theater backdrop Neoclassical style c 1890 curtain blind" is in sale since Monday, October 9, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Fabric\Cotton".The seller is "loodylady" and is located in Burlington, Vermont. This item can be shipped worldwide.