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Six Painted Panels

Object Details

Title:

Six Painted Panels

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1780

Medium:

Gouache on silk with gold paint

Object Number:

73.DH.89

Dimensions:

144.8 × 17.8 cm (57 × 7 in.)

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Object Description

Carved and painted wood paneling covered the walls in many public rooms of elegant homes in the 1700s. They were occasionally inset with panels of textile or paper. These panels, decorated with garlands of flowers, vases, and cherubs arranged in delicate Neoclassical vases, may have been installed in one of the rooms of the music pavilion that was built in the garden of the Château de Montreuil. This house was built in 1784 for the comte and comtesse de Provence, the brother and sister-in-law of Louis XVI. One panel is painted with their monograms, MJLand LSX.

Scholars have not identified the artist who painted these panels. He paid close attention to such details as realistically rendered musical instruments and birds and trompe-l'oeil bas-reliefs.

Provenance
Provenance
about 1780 - 1792

Possibly French Crown, Bâtiments du Roi (hôtel de la Surintendance des Bâtiments du roi, Versailles, France), nationalized during the French Revolution.

1792 - 1794

French government, Convention Nationale, Garde-Meuble National (former hôtel de la Surintendance des Bâtiments du roi, Versailles, France), sold as part of a set of eight panels from the "Bureaux des Bâtiments [du Roi]," July 15, 1794 (27 messidor, an II), no. 16112, for 150 livres to citoyen Bouchard.
Source: letter from Christian Baulez, December 27, 1989.

- 1955

Baron Louis (Nathaniel) von Rothschild, Austrian, 1882 - 1955 [sold by his Executors, Louis XV and XVI Furniture & Objets D'Art, A Notable Group of Oriental, Aubusson & Other Rugs, Meissen and Other Old Porcelains, Silver..., Parke-Bernet, New York, May 13, 1955, lot 165, for 525 dollars.]

- 1973

Dalva Brothers, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), pp. 74-75, no. 99.

Wilson, Gillian. Selections from the Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), pp. 86-87, no. 43, illus. (detail, 73.DH.89.5).

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), pp. 98-99, no. 211.

Arizzoli-Clémentel, Pierre, and Chantal Gastinet-Coural. Soieries de Lyon: Commandes Royales au XVIIIe S. (1730-1800). Vol. 2, Les Dossiers du Musée des Tissus, exh. cat. (Lyon: Musée Historique des Tissus, 1988), p. 23.

Whitehead, John. The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century (London: Laurence King, 1992), p. 219.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 162-163, no. 279.

Arizzoli-Clémentel, Pierre. "Néoclassicisme." In L'art décoratif en Europe du Néoclassicisme à L'Art Deco. Alain Gruber, ed. (Paris, 1994), p. 110, ill. (only 73.DH.89.1 and 73.DH. 89.6).

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 142-143, no. 291.