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A Moorish Smoking Room

Emmanuel Coulange-Lautrec1856

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Inspired by artist-travelers and their evocations of the harem, the smoking room, here a kiosk in the Moorish style, was designed to stimulate the five senses: sight and touch, through color, tiles, sumptuous upholstery, exotic lanterns, mirrored panels, and patterned marble floors; smell, through the aroma of tobacco; sound, through music or a water fountain; and taste, through exotic delicacies. All combined to create the mystical environment of the smoking room.

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  • Title: A Moorish Smoking Room
  • Creator: Emmanuel Coulange-Lautrec
  • Date Created: 1856
  • Signed: Lower left, in brown ink: E de Coulange inv. 1856
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Didier Aaron, Inc., New York
  • Inscribed: On reverse: E. Decoulange/ 1856/ superbe aquarelle/ infinie de details/ Salon en 1856/ coll. Zola
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.
  • 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: 29.2 x 24.1 cm (11 1/2 x 9 1/2 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),122, pl. 58.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 88-89 (Illus.).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, gouache on white wove paper

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