This salon was probably located in a house in northern Europe. The ceiling motif of musical instruments suggests that the salon was intended for a music room. Intricate ceiling and wall moldings reflect Neo-Classical and Rococo motifs. Moresque influence is seen in the tablecloths, screens and rug, this last partially-viewed in the foreground. Comfortable furniture, potted plants, the grouping of small pictures on the right wall and fringed white tieback curtains create a Victorian room, curious in detail.


  • Title: Interior of a Salon
  • Creator: Vladislav Dmochowski
  • Date Created: 1840
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache on paper
  • Signed: Lower left and verso: W. Dmochowski 1840.
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Galerie de Bayser, Paris
  • 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.Paris, Galerie de Bayser. Scenes Intimes, 2003.
  • 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: 20.6 x 32.2 cm (8 1/8 x 12 11/16 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), 49, fig. 26; 99, pl. 29.

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