Blue Interior

C. Rath1877

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This interior is dominated by royal blue walls, tasselled window treatment and heavily carved ceiling and wall panels. An orange carpet is decorated with Islamic motifs. A corner cabinet, a desk, miniature paintings and potted plants reflect an interior truly in the Victorian spirit.

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  • Title: Blue Interior
  • Creator: C. Rath
  • Date Created: 1877
  • Signed: Lower right, in white gouache, C. RATH/ 1877
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw CollectionGalerie de Bayser, Paris
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 50.2 x 39.7 x 2.5 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 1 in.)Sheet: 30.3 x 26.4 cm (11 15/16 x 10 3/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008),132-133, no. 68.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, gouache and gold paint on white wove paper