A DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR, German School

A DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR, German School

1855 Germany

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The neo-classical origins of the design of this first or second floor room are self-evident from the extent of the large glazed windows, the double doors and the simple German form of the faience clad stove in one corner. The stripped decoration of all elements including the ceiling is typical of the taste for light airy rooms so prevalent during the last decades of the eighteenth century and the first of the nineteenth. The scene is reminiscent of many similar views and those given the stamp of Schinkel or Gilly by the inclusion of their own favourite neo-classical devices.

This is clearly a summer scene, the furniture arranged away from the stove and an isolated easy chair is placed near a window with a view of a Gothic or neo-Gothic church spire with surrounding trees. The relatively sparse furnishings of the room indicate a sitting room attached to a bedroom. Moreover as most of the good furniture, such as the banquette is clearly from the earlier Biedermeier period, one can assume that this is the room of an elderly woman living with familiar possessions, yet updated by the mid-nineteenth century neo-rococo table on an island carpet; the extensive main carpet close-fitted to the whole room, indicative of the affluence of the owner of the house, possibly a town palace or that of an affluent burgher. Some deep-buttoned furniture shows later updating in the room with a discreet introduction of new sprung-upholstered furniture. The discreet wallpaper is a foil to the elegant pier-glass and the pictures on the walls, the large windows flooding the room with a clear northerly light.
Lucy B Campbell
Hermann Schmitz, Vor Hundert Jahren, Berlin, 1920
Dimensions
Height 204.00 mm (8.03 inches)
Width 254.00 mm (10.00 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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Inscribed: Yes
Charles Plante Fine Arts

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