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Vases, Furniture and Objects Discovered at Herculaneum

Object Details

Title:

Vases, Furniture and Objects Discovered at Herculaneum

Artist/Maker:

Pierre-Adrien Pâris (French, 1745 - 1819)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place Created)

Date:

1777

Medium:

Pen and black ink, watercolor

Object Number:

88.GA.26

Dimensions:

22.9 × 37 cm (9 × 14 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

Pierre-Adrien Pâris studied and drew these ancient Roman tables, stools, ewers, and lighting devices while on a visit to a Roman museum. He based the chair with the sphinxes on a Pompeian wall fresco. He made many such drawings in preparation for illustrations in a book titled Voyage pittoresque; ou Descriptions des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile (A Picturesque Voyage; or Descriptions of the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily), published in 1783. Designers copied these images to furnish the homes of clients eager for rooms in the style of Pompeii.

Although scholars had studied classical remains with great interest since the Renaissance, they could not obtain accurate information about them before the 1770s without actually visiting Italy or Greece. By that time, printed reproductions of actual classical wall decoration and furniture made on the spot began to appear, providing a fertile source of inspiration for both painters and craftsmen. In the past, artists had created objects and designs based on strange blends of ancient motifs and newly invented ones. Now, with direct copies of actual objects available to a wider market, a new demand arose for more authentic classically inspired interiors.

Provenance
Provenance
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Paignon-Dijonval, French, 1708 - 1792, (?), Paris

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P. P. Steven, (?), Douvre

December 12, 1986
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Art Market, Boston

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
18th and 19th Century Drawings (March 15 to May 29, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 15 to May 29, 1994
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999
Rome on the Grand Tour (January 8 to August 11, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 8 to August 11, 2002
A Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1820 (January 18 to May 1, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 18 to May 1, 2005
The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views (May 9 to July 30, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 9 to July 30, 2017