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A Salon in the Empire Taste

Hilaire Thierryca. 1820

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Detailed elements of the Empire period are beautifully executed by the artist. Buff walls banded in blue serve as the color scheme of the salon and the adjoining room. Heavily swagged curtains with fringed pelmets, blue upholstery, and a blue and gold tablecloth accent bare, highly polished floors. An overdoor panel carved with figures appears to have a bluish ground. A picture collection in heavily gilded frames lines the walls. A marble statue of Apollo Belvedere on a pedestal and a bronze clock flanked by candelbra in the form of a winged victory on the chimneypiece are similar to decorative elements used by Percier and Fontaine at Malmaison and Fontainbleau. A tea table set with porcelains and metalwork of the period is on the right.

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  • Title: A Salon in the Empire Taste
  • Creator: Hilaire Thierry
  • Date Created: ca. 1820
  • Provenance: James Mackinnon, London; Eugene V. Thaw
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY-CHNDM, House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.New York, NY, Frick Museum. An Album of Nineteeenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, 1992.Oneonta, NY, Hartwick College. 18th and 19th Century Watercolors of European Domestic Interiors, 1987, no. 17.
  • Dimensions: Old frame H x W x D: 48.9 x 63.5 x 2.5 cm (19 1/4 x 25 x 1 in.)Sheet: 27.9 x 43.1 cm (11 x 16 15/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Talabardon & Gautier, Le XIXe Siecle (Paris: Talabardon & Gautier, 2009), no. 12, note 6, 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), 44-45, fig. 20; 80, pl. 6.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteeenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 32-33 [Illus.].Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989), 182-183 [Illus.].
  • Type: Watercolor
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache on white wove paper

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