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A Room in the Reuss Palace, Dresden

C. M. Fredro1835–37

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A young man and older woman, presumed to be the present artist and his mother, are seated at a table laden with books, paintbrushes and a potted plant. A folding screen hung with unframed drawings is behind them, while their faithful dog observes them from the left. The walls are hung with blue and ochre striped wallpaper; windows, curtained in white muslin trimmed with fringe, are on either side of a pier mirror; and the floor is of parquet in a diagonal design. The decoration and furniture are English, popular in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century.

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  • Title: A Room in the Reuss Palace, Dresden
  • Creator: C. M. Fredro
  • Date Created: 1835–37
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Artemis Fine Arts, Ltd., LondonLabels on back of frame: 17 written in pen, 9 written on attached orange sticker; description on earlier label, "Cabinet de ma mere a dresde. Palais Reuss. 1835-37."
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: On the old mount: Cabinet de ma mere a Dresde. Palais Reuss. 1835-37
  • 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.New York, NY, Frick Museum. An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, 1992.
  • 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: 33 x 21.6 cm (13 x 8 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), 89, pl. 17.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 46-47 [Illus.].
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on white wove paper

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