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A Salon, probably in Stuttgart

Caspar Obach1850s

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The room is designed with a geometric plasterwork ceiling which echoes the geometric parquet floor. A sip-branched gilt and patinated bronze chandelier is suspended from a central rosette. The room is sparsely decorated with Rococo Revival chairs with Victorian-influenced fringe and antimacassars. Plant stands and groupings of small portraits and engravings [?] are typical of mid-nineteenth century interiors. The heavy marble chimneypiece, a candelabra, an overmantle mirror, and a gilt-bronze clock under a glass dome are extravagant elements in an otherwise bourgeois setting.

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  • Title: A Salon, probably in Stuttgart
  • Creator: Caspar Obach
  • Date Created: 1850s
  • Signed: Lower right, in black ink, C. Obach
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London
  • 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 - 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: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 25.4 x 38.4 cm (10 x 15 1/8 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), 39, fig. 13; 112, pl. 45.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 86-87 (illus.).Rudolf Pressler and Robin Straub, Biedermeier Möbel (Munich: Galerie Peter Griebert, Grunwald bei Nlenchun, 1986), 8 (illus.).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor over graphite, with accents of gold paint on paper

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