This is a typical salon of mid-nineteenth century France, possibly in Paris. The walls are hung with dark green striped paper and the floor covered with a carpet of Rococo Revival floral design. Red draperies are hung from gilt-bronze poles. The cabinet-on-stand, chairs, and candelabra are decorated with gilt-bronze elements in the Empire style. Large porcelain vases, probably Chinese, flank the candelabra. A large crystal chandelier hangs over a cloth-covered table. A kneehole desk with a green leather [?] top is most probably English. Ancestor portraits and an antique statue placed on a pedestal table complete the salon of a royal or aristocratic owner.


  • Title: Second Empire Salon
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850–60
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache, graphite on white wove paper
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Sotheby's, France, October 1, 2004, Lot 351
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY ,Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 60 x 75.6 x 2.5 cm (23 5/8 x 29 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 37 x 52.7 cm (14 9/16 x 20 3/4 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), 48, fig. 25; 95, pl. 24.

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