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  • Le Petit Palais - Sedan chair - petitpalais.paris.fr
    données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Sedan chair Anonymous Circa 1700 1715 Gilded wood carved and painted 173 x 82 x 94 cm The surprising richness of this utilitarian object is explained by the fact that a visitor would step out of the chair under cover in the hallway where it would remain during the visit becoming part of the decor It was therefore designed rather as an interior object which was temporarily exposed to inclement weather from which it tried to protect itself with a studded leather roof and panels made of waterproof material such as lacquer or vernis Martin a lustrous lacquer substitute In the period 1690 1720 the arabesque came back into fashion under the influence of painters and decorators following in the footsteps of Jean Bérain 1640 1711 Daniel Marot 1663 1752 created very similar decorations on sedan chairs but his premature exile to England on religious grounds means that a direct influence cannot be traced here and it is attributed instead to Sébastien Leclerc 1637 1714 The importance of the owners Duke Leopold I of Lorraine 1679 1729 and Elisabeth Charlotte of Orleans 1676 1744 niece of Louis XIV whom he married in 1698 accounts for the exceptional decor of this object bearing their coat of arms Arabesques surround panels decorated with allegorical figures of Winged Fames Victories Mars or History at work oblivious to Time sat behind it These are probably all allusions to the victories of the Dukes of Lorraine including that of Leopold I himself over the Turks The crowned cupids are a more appropriate evocation of the union of the two spouses Inventory number OTUCK00059 Inventory number OTUCK00059 Acquisition details Edward Tuck and Julia Stell

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  • Le Petit Palais - The little dog’s dance - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The 17th century Renaissance The Western Christian World The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The little dog s dance François Boucher Paris 1703 Paris 1770 1758 Oil on oval canvas 51 x 40 cm This painting is a perfect illustration of the pastoral genre invented by Boucher in which he achieved perfection It is a unique blend of convention and naturalism fantasy and observation innocence and ambiguity This superficial contrived and conventional style is appealing in its very artificiality and lack of realism in keeping with the artist s intention to create a surprising power of escapism For the Goncourt brothers Boucher is one of those men who represents the taste of a century who express personify and embody it French taste in the 18th century was made manifest in him in all the singularity of his personality M A P Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Signed and dated on the right near the middle of the fence f Boucher 1758 Inventory number PDUT00869 Inventory number PDUT00869 Acquisition details

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  • Le Petit Palais - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Partners Newsletter Young Shepherd Holding a Flower Jean Baptiste Greuze Tournus 1725 Paris 1805 1760 1761 Oil on oval canvas 72 5 x 59 5 cm Painting commissioned from Greuze in 1756 by the Marquis de Marigny Director General of the King s Buildings for his sister the Marquise de Pompadour With its counterpart Simplicity Fort Worth Kimbell Art Museum which shows a girl pulling the petal off a daisy to find out whether her love is reciprocated saying He loves me he loves me not it hung in the apartment of King Louis XV s favourite In these two paintings from the start of his career Greuze showed great similarity to Boucher La Pompadour s favourite painter Diderot himself would later try to promote himself against the latter recognising this similarity This Shepherd pulling the petals off a daisy to find out whether his shepherdess loves him is rather insignificant With the elegance of the clothing and radiant colours it could easily be mistaken for the work of Boucher And if one did not know what the subject was one would never guess The exceptionally light colour scheme with its harmony of pinks blues and mauves complemented by the

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Laundry - petitpalais.paris.fr
    et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Laundry Hubert Robert 1733 Paris 1808 Paris Circa 1758 1759 Oil on canvas 58 5 x 63 5 cm This painting dates from Hubert Robert s youth when he was living and working in Rome The ordinary people of Rome have settled unselfconsciously in the ruins which are being used for mundane purposes These unexpected scenes which he chanced upon during a walk in the Eternal City struck the painter s imagination and became a permanent part of his thematic repertoire His contemporaries would later interpret them as an illustration of the ravages wrought by time which inexorably destroys the signs of the grandeur of past civilisations But at the time of their creation the young artist was simply enjoying himself and taking pleasure in painting We see an ancient monument transformed into a laundry where linens are bleached The strong contrast between shade and light the large draperies and the vertical lines of the openwork fences punctuate the composition The steam from the fire which make the air quiver provides the material

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  • Le Petit Palais - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra - petitpalais.paris.fr
    données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra Jean Moisy clockmaker and Jean Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis goldsmith Porcelain figures based on models by Johann Joachim Kändler and Peter Reinicke Circa 1755 1760 Gilded bronze work Vincennes soft paste porcelain flowers hard paste Meissen porcelain figurines 130 x 85 cm This exceptional piece was probably a private commission perhaps through the intermediary of a major marchand mercier decorative arts dealer operating outside the guild system such as Lazare Duvaux who sold a monkey orchestra to Madame de Pompadour in December 1753 The contrast between gilded bronze and polychrome porcelain came into vogue in clockmaking during the 1730s Jean Moisy 1714 1782 the creator of the clock mechanism became a master craftsman in Paris in 1753 at the age of 39 He systematically numbered all the movements leaving his workshop and this one bears the number 558 Porcelain of different origins is juxtaposed on the same piece such as the soft paste Vincennes porcelain flowers and German hard paste porcelain figures At Vincennes the taste for natural looking flowers reached its peak in 1751 The exotic monkey theme was initially designed to decorate interior panelling The first porcelain monkey orchestras may have appeared in Mennecy in France post 1740 but they reached the peak of refinement in Germany In Meissen in Saxony the master modeller Johann Joachim Kändler 1709 1775 set the standard shortly before 1750 with the charming design used here which he revisited and modified circa 1765 with the help of his collaborator Peter Reinicke 1715 1768 Inventory number ODUT01790 A U Inventory number ODUT01790 A U Acquisition details Purchased using interest from the Dutuit bequest 1996

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  • Le Petit Palais - Washerwomen in a garden - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Washerwomen in a garden Hubert Robert Paris 1733 Paris 1790 Circa 1775 Oil on canvas 56 x 45 5 cm In Washerwomen in a garden Hubert Robert depicts a garden similar to those he created Appointed as designer of the King s gardens he worked in particular at Versailles and Rambouillet He was also sought after by aristocrats and wealthy financiers to design many famous gardens around Paris such as those at Méréville now destroyed where he created terraces galleries ponds fountains statues staircases and avenues with a variety of vistas following his fancy and imagination Hubert Robert plays here on the contrast between the magnificent and majestic garden and the mundanity of the familiar scene taking place there as the ornamental pond is transformed into a washhouse In this harmonious setting there reigns an exquisite atmosphere the charm of a contented life which Hubert Robert creates with all the finest qualities of his art a fluid approach light colours silvery hues the art of glazing and superimposed shades the

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  • Le Petit Palais - Chest of drawers - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Chest of drawers Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel Circa 1750 1760 Of beechwood construction with pine drawers Rosewood purple heart pear wood and hornbeam veneers with gilded bronze work 86 5 x 146 cm x 66 cm This chest of drawers bears the marks of both Delorme and Roussel The manufacturer of a piece would stamp it and the dealer who might also be a cabinetmaker would sometimes add his own stamp too The difficulty in attributing the role of each party here lies in the fact that their pieces are exactly contemporaneous Roussel became a master craftsman in 1745 and Delorme in 1748 and both craftsmen used floral marquetry and were in the furniture trade However this piece of furniture belongs to a series of seven several of which bear Delorme s stamp suggesting that he might have been the designer and Roussel the craftsman Adrien Delorme who became a master craftsman in 1748 and remained active until 1783 made Chinese lacquerwork furniture in the high rocaille style and created floral marquetry on a background of alternating dark and light chevrons Pierre Roussel 1723 1782 worked for Migeon and was active almost right up to his death with important duties in the guild of cabinetmakers Unlike Delorme his work was very varied and covered all 18th century styles from rocaille to neo classicism including transition He created geometric marquetry with flowers in light woods and knotted ribbons and also landscapes with architecture Dark wood surrounds often followed the contours of the bronze work Marks Inscriptions Hall marks DELORME ROUSSEL and JME guild marks Inventory number

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  • Le Petit Palais - Alexander and Bucephalus - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Alexander and Bucephalus Giambattista Tiepolo Venice 1696 Madrid 1770 Circa 1757 1760 Oil on canvas 58 x 34 7 cm One of the rare examples of Italian painting in the collections of the Petit Palais this is a small canvas of remarkable quality We do not know if it is a sketch for a major decorative painting that was never produced or one of the many small very freely executed yet generally very accomplished paintings made by Tiepolo at the height of his career both for his own pleasure and to satisfy his many clients According to Plutarch at the age of 13 Alexander the Great was challenged by his father Philip II King of Macedonia to ride a wild horse named Bucephalus Realising that he was afraid of his own shadow Alexander turned him to face the sun and tamed him Philip then told him My boy you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions Macedon is too small for you

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