Paneled Room

Object Details


Paneled Room






about 1755


Painted and gilded oak; four oil-on-canvas overdoor paintings; breche d'Alep mantelpiece; modern mirrored glass; gilt-bronze hardware


436.9 x 717.6 x 777.2 cm (172 x 282 1/2 x 306 in.)

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The paneling for this room was made around 1755 for an as-yet-unidentified Parisian hôtel(mansion). It is a good example of the decoration of a grand salonin a fashionable town house in the mid-1700s. This room would have formed part of a suite of rooms, known in French as an appartement, where the doors face each other on opposite walls to create an enfilade, a characteristic feature of grand eighteenth-century homes, designed to draw the visitor from one room to the next.

Elaborately paneled rooms were not intended for hanging paintings. In this room, only the overdoors are set with painted canvases, which contain scenes of incense burners and garlands of flowers with separate carved frames. Cast trophies of musical instruments decorate the four corners of the plaster cornice, and scenes of female musicians adorn the centers. The ceiling and floor are reproductions of the originals.