DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR, Helene Marie Stromeyer

DRAWING-ROOM INTERIOR, Helene Marie Stromeyer

c. 1834 to c. 1924 England

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This particularly interesting depiction of a large double room with folding doors is a clue to the furniture historian of the use of older furniture with modern additions. The portieres, shrouded tables and close-fitted brilliantly patterned carpets are all modern, as are the wallpaper (or fabric) and a brilliant patterned fitted carpet. The furniture is seen in summer dress, chairs loose-covered in white and net curtains beneath fringed pelmets covering the fashionably tall windows. A glittering pair of rococo revival mirrors is a prominent feature, one situated over a Chippendale commode recalling the use of the Sitwell from Renishaw transported to London for the Season. Its use in the room is highlighted by the chiffonier in the other room with neo-rococo outline to the back-board infilled by a Flemish seascape, resembling a piece by Morant, Boyd and Morant commissioned by William Duckworth around 1859 and included in the Orchardleigh Park, Somerset sale of 1987 and subsequently at the Grosvenor House Fair. The informal arrangement includes two centre tables covered with a fringed cloth on which are books, papers and compotes of fruit or flowers. Night-time lighting seems to depend on the pendant single colza chandelier in each room, candlesticks and wall sconces, so this is probably a country house without access to gas.

The Victorian obsession with dirt and grime is underlined by nine glass dome-protected objects. If in town during the summer months the rooms would be dimly lit, shrouded by drawn blinds and curtains, the carpet folded toward the middle to protect its glorious colours. By contrast, the two little girls playing with a drum and a hobbyhorse are confined to the allotted two-tone rug, which has been carefully placed over the more valuable patterned carpet.

Helene Stromeyer was a pupil of the more famous TH Gude and G Schoenleber, who was later Professor at the influential Karlsruhe academy. She seems to have accompanied Schoenleber on his trips to the Riviera, where she painted flowers. She settled and died in Karlsruhe, an accomplished painter of flora and landscapes. She clearly had an aptitude in her early career for interior painting and possibly helped to finance her studies as a governess, hence her sojourn in England. Her work is found in many German collections.
E Benezit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1966
Dimensions
Height 165.00 mm (6.50 inches)
Width 241.00 mm (9.49 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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Signed:Helene Stromeyer
Charles Plante Fine Arts

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