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Unknown
French, Paris, about 1719
Painted and gilded oak; modern plaster plaque
H: 10 ft.
97.DH.2

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Created around 1719, these wall panels once covered the walls of the library in a private Parisian hôtel particulier (townhouse) at number 7 place Vendôme, although in what form or arrangement remains unknown. The series of fourteen paneled doors originally opened to reveal bookshelves behind. The hôtel was built between 1704 and 1707 for a wealthy financier, Claude Le Bas de Montargis, by his father-in-law Jules-Hardouin Mansart, architect to Louis XIV.

When acquired by the Getty Museum, all but two of the panels had been stripped of their original paint and gilding. Remarkably, the two curved corner panels retained much of their original finish, described as "sea-green" in an inventory, with lilac washes and gilding. These panels served as models for the repainting and gilding of the rest. One curved panel has been left in its unrestored condition.

The oval frame above the mantelpiece originally contained a bas-relief representing Louis XIV. Conservators cast a replacement from a marble portrait medallion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The floor is also not original but is a traditional design.

Detail Views

Moresque rose
Moresque rose


Technical Views

Curved panel
Curved panel


Other Views

Wall with relief
Wall with relief

Fireplace and side doors
Fireplace and side doors

Left side of room
Left side of room

Front doors open
Front doors open