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

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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.

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