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A Sitting Room with a Writing Table

Wilhelm Amandus Beer1867

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Rococo Revival desk is placed at right angles to the window to catch the light. The center table is covered with a rust-colored cloth bordered by a pattern in the oriental style, similar to that of the carpet. The folding chair placed against the rear wall is in the style of chair maker George Hunzinger. The ormolu-mounted, ebonized cabinet between the windows on the right holds precious ornaments. In front of the elaborate marble fireplace in the left hand corner is a fire screen inset with an embroidered panel featuring a white horse in parade regalia on a ground of brilliant green.

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  • Title: A Sitting Room with a Writing Table
  • Creator: Wilhelm Amandus Beer
  • Date Created: 1867
  • Signed: Lower right, in red paint: W. A. Beer. fec. 1867 im Marz
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Private Collection, New YorkLabels from back of frame: #4 written on white label; #31 written on attached orange sticker.
  • 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.
  • Dimensions: Old frame H x W x D: 49.5 x 55.9 x 4 cm (19 1/2 in. x 22 in. x 1 9/16 in.)Sheet: 29.5 x 37.5 cm (11 5/8 x 14 3/4 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), 54, fig. 36; 128, pl. 64.Charlotte Gere, "Nineteenth Century Interiors: An Album of Watercolors," Milan and London, 1992, no. 31, reproduced in color.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor with accents of gold paint over graphite

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