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Six Painted Panels
Paris, France (Place Created)
Gouache on silk with gold paint
144.8 × 17.8 cm (57 × 7 in.)
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
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.
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.]
Dalva Brothers, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.
Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), pp. 74-75, no. 99.
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.
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).