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A Salon in a Residence of the Duke of Leuchtenberg

Otto Wagner1850

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This large salon is sparsely furnished in the Biedermeier style. Atop the blond wood secretary is a gilt bronze lyre clock, flanked by classical busts. The upholstered banquette-and-matching-wall covering is a device used by Leo von Klenze, architect, and originally by his mentor, Schinkel. Mid-century porcelains, placed on Empire consoles, are reflected in tall mirrors. A great porcelain stove at right is partially concealed by a needlepoint fire screen.The portrait on the center wall (upper row, second from left) probably depicts of Eugene de Beauharnais, son of Josephine.

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  • Title: A Salon in a Residence of the Duke of Leuchtenberg
  • Creator: Otto Wagner
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Signed: Lower right: O. Wagner, 1850
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Feilchenfeldt, Zurich
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.New York - The Pierpont Morgan Library, From Romanticism to Realism: German Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1998.New York - Frick Collection, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, May 21 – August 23, 1992.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 39.7 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm (15 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 23.1 x 32.9 cm (9 1/8 x 12 15/16 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), 55, fig. 38; 116, pl. 49.Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York, The Frick Collection, 1992), 72-73 (Illus.).Rudolf Pressler and Robin Straub, Biedermeier Mobel (Munich: Galerie Peter Griebert, 1986).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, gouache on paper

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