A bourgeois drawing-room

FRANZ PITNER (1826-1892)

A bourgeois drawing-room

1850 Austria

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Reproduction French Louis XVI scotia frame, water gilded, black tempera
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A beautifully detailed watercolour of a Viennese drawing-room, showing the changing styles of furniture and interior decoration in the middle of the 19th century. The deeply-buttoned chairs and sofa are upholstered in the fashion which came in during the 1840s, whereas the shaped pelmet or lambrequin at the window in the further room is in the newest style. The ceiling decoration may be either of plaster or papier mâché. The combination of greens and reds, the patterned wallpaper and carpet, the closely-grouped pictures and numerous ornaments, all bear witness to the growing horror vacui of the century, the love of accumulated objects and patterns. Pitner’s charming painting has caught the love of both comfort and ornament, faithfully reproducing the smallest detail – the étagère burdened with little bottles and bibelots, the clock under its glass dome, the oval Viennese table and the pendant glass lamp.
Height 28.30 cm (11.14 inches)
Width 35.20 cm (13.86 inches)
External Height 52.10 cm (20.51 inches)
External Width 45.40 cm (17.87 inches)
Watercolour & bodycolour on paper
s. & d. 1850
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