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Design for a Wall Panel with Fireplace

Johann August Nahl1745

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Wall elevation featuring fireplace with overmantel and cove above, all in the Rococo style. C- and S-curves abound on every section of the ornament. In the center of the overmantel one finds a representation of a pastoral scene framed by feathery plant ornament with raffle leaves that curve over central field and onto the chimney panel. Some of the plant ornament extends past the entablature and into the area of the cove.

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  • Title: Design for a Wall Panel with Fireplace
  • Creator: Johann August Nahl the Elder
  • Date Created: 1745
  • Provenance: Léon Decloux
  • Physical Dimensions: w219 x h396 cm
  • Paper Support: White laid paper
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in graphite, on verso, (probably by Léon Decloux): Cuvilliés
  • Exhibitions: Princeton, NJ - Princeton University School of Architecture, January 6 - 16, 1934.American Federation of Arts, Decorative Design of the Rococo Period, November 11, 1953 - November 11, 1954.New York, NY - Cooper Union Museum, "Five Centuries of Drawing," The Cooper Union Centennial Exhibition, selected and arranged by The Cooper Union Museum, organized by The American Federation of Arts, November 11, 1959 - November 11, 1961.DaCosta Kaufmann, Thomas, Central European Drawings 1680-1800: A Selection from American Collections (Princeton, NJ: The Art Museum, Princeton University, 1989), 158-59; no. 56.The Baltimore Art Museum, The Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effect (Baltimore, MD: The Baltimore Art Museum, 1959), no. 81.Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Idee und Anspruch der Architektur (Cologne, Germany: Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 1979), no. 38.Wunder, Richard, Extravagant Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (New York: Lambert-Spector, 1962), no. 51.Wunder, Richard, Five Centuries of Drawing (New York: American Federation of Arts, 1959).New York, NY: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008." March 7 - July 6, 2008.
  • Dimensions: 39.7 x 21.6 cm (15 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)Frame H x W x D: 50.2 x 39.7 x 2.5 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 1 in.)Mat (Mat): 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
  • Bibliography: DaCosta Kaufmann, Thomas, Central European Drawings 1680-1800: A Selection from American Collections (Princeton, NJ: The Art Museum, Princeton University, 1989), 158-59; no. 56.The Baltimore Art Museum, The Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effect (Baltimore, MD: The Baltimore Art Museum, 1959), no. 81.Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Idee und Anspruch der Architektur (Cologne, Germany: Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 1979), no. 38.Wunder, Richard, Extravagant Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (New York: Lambert-Spector, 1962), no. 51.Wunder, Richard, Five Centuries of Drawing (New York: American Federation of Arts, 1959).Gail S. Davidson, "Ornament of Bizarre Imagination," in Sarah Coffin et. al, Rococo, The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 (New York: Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2008), p. 66, fig. 36.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Pen and black ink, brush and gray and light violet wash, graphite on white laid paper, ruled border in pen and black ink

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