DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR AT THE HOTEL RAINBEAUX, PARIS, Emma Roberts

DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR AT THE HOTEL RAINBEAUX, PARIS, Emma Roberts

c. 1840 to c. 1875 France

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This beautifully detailed and atmospheric painting by an interesting artist might be a set for 'Camille',but in fact depicts a summer afternoon at the Hôtel Rainbeaux, 57 rue de Ponthieu, one of the great development of Second Empire houses off the Champs Elysées. It is fully furnished in a combination of what Mario Praz describes as 'Louis XVI Imperatrice' and contains some fine First Empire objets. Such Second Empire houses blended the old with the new utilising revivalist seventeenth and eighteenth century furnishings. The Empire bronze and ormolu candelabra, the unusual astrological clock with bronze figures of Father Time on a porphyry base and a superb gilt bronze chandelier all contrast with deep buttoned upholstered seating, lavish window treatments and a rococo revival carpet. The plasterwork, marble 'Louis XVI Imperatrice' chimney-piece makes a fine statement, softened by a display of portrait drawings on special easels and hung on either side. The bentwood chairs add a typical domestic note of informality to this otherwise formal room.

The ideal of a pastoral life is represented here, as most of the fashionable houses in Paris had their own private gardens with large windows opening on to lawns and terraces that extend into the landscape, lessening the distinction between inside and out. The garden door, a focal point of the composition, displays the value placed upon the view and greenery by the inhabitants of the Hotel Rainbeaux; typically of their time they recorded it in other surviving documents and photographs. The scene makes a fascinating pendant to a similar, more urban room illustrated by Mario Praz and dated 1862, in which green is the dominant tone.

Emma Roberts was probably the daughter of the famous professional watercolourist James Roberts (c.1800-67) ,who excelled in the recording of Royal interiors for King Louis-Philippe between 1817-48 and later for Prince Albert and Queen Victoria (1848- 61). She was clearly influenced by her father, who recorded royal residences, including Osborne, Windsor, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace. He and his daughter probably returned to Paris from 1861, where Emma made superb watercolours of interiors and gardens from 1862-64 depicted in the following pages.
Mario Praz, Illustrated History of Furnishing, London,1964
Dimensions
Height 178.00 cm (70.08 inches)
Width 229.00 cm (90.16 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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Signed:Emma Roberts
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