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A Room in the Governor's Residence, Hermannstadt

M. Sekim1841

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This room in the residence of Governor Baron von Wernhardt is in the Viennese Biedermeier style. The man in military uniform in the large portrait on the right is presumed to be Ferdinand I (1792-1875). The three windows at the rear are dressed in white curtains; flowered bolsters on the sills serve to block the cold, mountainous weather. The cabinets, banquettes, mirrors and sidetables are of stark 1830s Biedermeier design, as is the bare parquet floor. The occasional chairs display the curved line of the Rococo Revival. The walls are papered in a large patterned stripe.

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  • Title: A Room in the Governor's Residence, Hermannstadt
  • Creator: M. Sekim
  • Date Created: 1841
  • Signed: Mid-center right: M Sekim/ 841
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; York House, New York, 1987
  • Inscribed: On reverse: Salon der Grosseltern Wernhardt/ in Hermannstadt 1835, Paul Freiherr von Wernhardt Gouverneur von Siebenburgen
  • 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.Oneonta, NY, 18th and 19th Century Watercolors of European Domestic Interiors, 1987, No. 13
  • 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 50.2 cm (13 1/8 x 19 3/4 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), 103, pl. 32.Charlotte Gere, an Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 60-61 [Illus.].Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989), 192-193 [Illus.].
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache with accents of gold paint

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