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A Russian Winter Garden

Vasily Sadovnikov1835–38

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This is possibly a view of the winter garden of the Pavlino Palace of the Wittgenstein family. The conservatory, here transformed for a ball, shows a floor covered with large parquet squares; a chandelier consisting of eight Argand lamps and two additional single fixtures; and chairs set about. A shawl and bouquet of flowers are placed on chairs in the left foreground. The dominant theme of the room is the exuberant display of roses and clematis and ferns, interspersed with classical marble statues.

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  • Title: A Russian Winter Garden
  • Creator: Vasily Semenovic Sadovnikov
  • Date Created: 1835–38
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Phillips Auctioneers, New York
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • 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 Collection. An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, 1992.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 46.4 x 53.3 x 2.9 cm (18 1/4 x 21 x 1 1/8 in.)Sheet: 23.9 x 29.9 cm (9 7/16 x 11 3/4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Charlotte Gere and Floramae McCarron-Cates, " House Proud, From Amateur to Professional and from Grand to Comfortable, " in 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), 46-48, fig. 24; 94, pl. 23.Mary Rose Blacker, Flora Domestica: A History of British Flower Arranging, 1500-1930 (Great Britain: The National Trust, 2000), 140 [Illus.].Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 52-53 [Illus.].
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on white wove paper

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