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Unknown
French, Paris, about 1755
Painted and gilded oak; four oil-on-canvas overdoor paintings; brèche d'Alep mantelpiece; modern mirror glass
14 ft. 4 in. x 23 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 25 ft. 6 in.
73.DH.107

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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 salon in 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.

Detail Views

Carving
Carving

Overdoor painting
Overdoor painting


Other Views

Window wall
Window wall

Wall with mirror
Wall with mirror

Wall with doors and fireplace
Wall with doors and fireplace

Wall with doors open
Wall with doors open