The Study of Grand Duchess Cecilia von Oldenberg

Ernst Christian Anton von Lautzow1839

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

In this view, the Grand Duchess Cecilia von Oldenburg's study is dominated by the large wall-hung portrait on the right of a man in military uniform, possibly the Grand Duke Paul Friedrich. Pale yellow walls with trails of flowers and a floral carpet of the same coloration create a background for the elegant suite of Biedermeier furniture. The ormolu-mounted desk holds two porcelain vases, perhaps from the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory of Russia. A reflection of the bronze sculpture of Psyche is seen in the tall mirror behind the desk on the left. Books, small pictures and a sewing box-on-stand create a very personal study for a duchess.


  • Title: The Study of Grand Duchess Cecilia von Oldenberg
  • Creator: Ernst Christian Anton von Lautzow
  • Date Created: 1839
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache with accents of gold paint on white wove paper
  • Signed: Lower right: E. von Lautzow
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Galerie Biedermann, Munich
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: On reverse: Arbeitszimmer der Grosshergogin C von Oldenberg, gemalt von [word erased] 1839.
  • 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.New York, NY, The Pierpont Morgan Library. From Romanticism to Realism: German Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1998.Oneonta, NY, Hartwick College. 18th and 19th Century Watercolors of European Domestic Interiors, 1987, No. 21.
  • 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: 27.5 x 35.5 cm (10 13/16 x 14 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), 63-64, fig. 53; 92, pl. 21.Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 54-55 [Illus.].Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Decoration (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989), 185 [Illus.].

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