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A Study Interior at St. Polten

Matthäus Kern1837

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The angled view of this study is dominated by portraits: large oval portraits dating from the Empire period and smaller pictures from the 1820s-1830s. Racks of pipes near the door in the rear and a large businessman's desk in the center foreground show that the room belongs to a man. A large woven urn-shaped basket in the foreground next to the desk may have served as a wastepaper basket. On the left, a library table sits in front of a banquette. The bare floor of wood planks is in keeping with the Biedermeier style.

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  • Title: A Study Interior at St. Polten
  • Creator: Matthäus Kern
  • Date Created: 1837
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Sotheby's, London, June 17, 1992, lot 365;
  • 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.
  • 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: 24.6 x 31.4 cm (9 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Charlotte Gere and Floramae McCarron-Cates, " House Proud, From Amateur to Professional and from Grand to Comfortable, " in 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), 60-62, fig. 49; 91, pl. 19.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor on white wove paper

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