A Salon in Vienna

Franz Alt1872

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This view of a salon in Vienna is dominated by an ogee-patterned carpet in blue and red. The blue spoon-back chairs are upholstered in blue velvet with red and blue fringe at bottom. Black and gold japanned cabinets, whatnots and famille noire porcelain vases decorate the room. A Rococo Style console in white and gold and a gilt mirror flanked by candelabra are placed between the windows. The Louis XV-inspired chandelier may have been from the Baccarat factory. Thonet bentwood chairs with cane seats are casually placed around the room.

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  • Title: A Salon in Vienna
  • Creator: Franz Alt
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Signed: Lower left, Franz Alt, 1872
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Sotheby's, New York, October 16, 1990, Lot 123; Adrian Ward-Jackson, London; Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London
  • 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.London, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Interiors, 1981, no. 86, (illus.).
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 39.1 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm (15 3/8 x 19 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 22.3 x 32 cm (8 3/4 x 12 5/8 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), 40-41, fig. 15; 130, pl. 66.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 92-93 9Illus.). Jonathan Bourne and Vanella Brett, Lighting in the Domestic Interior, Renaissance to Art Nouveau (London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1991), 214, no. 704.Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989), 59, pl. 55.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on white wove paper


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