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A Room in the Governor's Residence, Hermannstadt (?)

M. Sekimca. 1840

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This opulent salon is apparently unused: the tables are without objects and the bookcase is bare. Formal red and white striped curtains, tasselled pelmets and lace undercurtains lend majesty to the room. A painted blind in the chinoiserie style is at the center window. The walls are hung with a coral patterned fabric. Acanthus leaves are interspersed with bouquets of roses on the coral ground of the carpet. Ornaments are limited to two paintings, one featuring a Madonna and Child; a gilt-bronze clock under a glass dome; and an inkwell.

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  • Title: A Room in the Governor's Residence, Hermannstadt (?)
  • Creator: M. Sekim
  • Date Created: ca. 1840
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; York House, Inc., New York, 1987
  • 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: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 33.4 x 40.9 cm (13 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Stefan Muthesius, The Poetic Home, Designing the 19th-century Domestic Interior (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2009), 128 (illus.).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), 50, fig. 30; 111, pl. 43.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 62-63 (illus.).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache with accents of gold paint and gum arabic

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