Concert Room of Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany

Eduard Gaertner1852

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

The palace of Sanssouci, commissioned by Frederick the Great in 1745, was intended as a summer residence - a pleasure palace, without care, as its name connotes. The music room is an explosion of gilded boiserie, designed by Johann August Nahl, with mirrors alternating with painted panels by Antoine Pesne illustrating scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses.In the nineteenth century, Frederick Wilhelm IV employed Ludwig Persius to restore the palace. A winged sofa in the Rococo Revival style upholstered in royal blue joins the original gilt seating arrangement, reupholstered in royal blue; there is also a matching fire screen. Ormolu-mounted furniture, an overmantel mirror flanked by wall lights and a gilt-mounted garniture of vases complete the room decoration.


  • Title: Concert Room of Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany
  • Creator: Eduard Gaertner
  • Date Created: 1852
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and gouache and watercolor, graphite on white wove paper
  • Signed: Lower right: E. Gaertner, 11/7, 1852
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Galerie Arnoldi-Livie, Munich
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008," March 7 - July 6, 2008.
  • 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: 17.7 x 26.4 cm (6 15/16 x 10 3/8 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),117, pl. 51.Ulrich Leben, "German Rococo: From Cuvillies in Munich to Nahl in Potsdam," in Sarah Coffin et. al, Rococo, The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 (New York: Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2008), p. 148, fig. 13.Irmgard Wirth, Eduard Gaertner, Der Berlinder Architekturmaler (Berlin: 1979), No. 402 (illus.).

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