Paneled Room

Object Details

Title:

Paneled Room

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1755

Medium:

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

Object Number:

73.DH.107

Dimensions:

436.9 × 717.6 × 777.2 cm (172 × 282 1/2 × 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.

Provenance
-

Unknown (possibly a hôtel particulier on the quai Malaquais, Paris, France)
Source: Correspondence with Robert Carlhian, undated, in the files of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department, J. Paul Getty Museum; October 8, 1969 auction catalogue, Boiseries; objets d'art et d'ameublement.

- about 1907

Jacques Doucet, French, 1853 - 1929 (Paris, France), sold to Armand Antoine Agénor de Gramont, about 1907.
Source: Correspondence with Comte Jean Louis de Maigret, July 4, 1990, and Robert Carlhian, undated, in the files of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department, J. Paul Getty Museum.

about 1907 - 1962

Armand Antoine Agénor de Gramont, 12th duke of Gramont, French, 1879 - 1962 (Salon, 42 bis, avenue Georges Mandel, Paris, France), by inheritance to his heirs, 1962.
Source: La comtesse Jean Louis de Maigret, "Un demi-siècle à l'hôtel Gramont," Connaissance des Arts 141 (Nov. 1963): Construction of hôtel particulier completed in 1910. Correspondence with Richard Carlhian, undated, estimates purchase to around 1907.

1962 - still in 1969

Heirs of Armand Antoine Agénor de Gramont, 12th duke of Gramont, French, 1879 - 1962 (Salon, 42 bis, avenue Georges Mandel, Paris, France) [unsold, Boiseries; objets d'art et d'ameublement; cheminées, commissaires-priseurs Etienne Ader, Jean-Louis Picard, and Antoine Ader, Paris, October 8, 1969, lot 14.]
Source: La comtesse Jean Louis de Maigret, "Un demi-siècle à l'hôtel Gramont," Connaissance des Arts 141 (November 1963): Panelling is illustrated on p. 99.

- 1973

R. & M. Carlhian (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.

Bibliography

La comtesse Jean Louis de Maigret. "Un demi-siècle à l'hôtel Gramont." Connaissance des Arts 141 (November 1963), p. 99, fig. 10.

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), p. 59, no. 77.

Jackson-Stops, Gervase. "Boulle by the Beach: Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum." Country Life 179, no. 4624 (April 3, 1986), p. 854, fig. 2.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 53, no. 115.

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), p. 80, no. 122.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 63, no. 124.

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Format

Language through Art (Beginning)

Lesson in which students study artwork and lanugage arats skills related to things in a room used for functional and decorative purposes

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson

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