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  • Le Petit Palais - « Mazarin » table desk - petitpalais.paris.fr
    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 Mazarin table desk Nicolas Sageot Circa 1700 1720 Structure in conifer wood veneer in tortoiseshell with brass gilt bronze 78 x 128 5 x 70 cm Although known as the Mazarin the eight legged desk was in fact probably only created circa 1670 1680 long after the death of the eponymous cardinal and minister It has two side chests of drawers with three drawers each standing on four legs joined by a stretcher A drawer in the middle sits atop a compartment that opens with a flap Nicolas Sageot 1666 1731 became a master cabinetmaker in Paris in 1706 He was one of the few to place a stamp on his furniture long before 1751 when an edict made it compulsory to do so In 1720 Sageot sold off his stock and lived a comfortable life before going mad in 1723 His work is part of the marquetry tradition associated with André Charles Boulle 1642 1732 inspired by the Arabesque patterns of Jean Bérain 1640 1711 Cutting patterns in superimposed layers of brass and tortoiseshell produces two contrasting patterns each being a kind of negative of the other The tortoiseshell which is naturally dark brown must be placed on top of a tinted layer to take on the red colour The panels no doubt provided to the cabinetmakers by marquetry inlayers who had their own models and produced series of them sometimes had to be adapted to the dimensions of the unit by adding metal and tortoiseshell bands as is the case with the side panels of this desk Marks Inscriptions Hall marks NICOLAS SAGOET Inventory number

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Tivoli Cascades - petitpalais.paris.fr
    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 Tivoli Cascades Claude Joseph Vernet 1714 Avignon 1789 Paris Between 1740 and 1748 Oil on canvas 97 3 x 135 5 cm Vernet spent twenty years in Italy between 1734 and 1753 As heir to the great landscape artists of the previous generation he followed their example as well as that of exponents of the school of nature He made numerous sketching trips painting from life on the coast and in the hills around Rome His contemporaries marvelled at the realism with which he depicted nature s bounty and his analysis of the variety of effects of the climate and the passing of the hours on a landscape Not content with competing with nature he peopled his landscapes with graceful picturesque figures to give a sense of scale a talent which Claude lacked wrote Diderot his greatest admirer Vernet provided a international clientele especially in Great Britain his wife was British with mementos of the most popular sites such as the famous fountains which he reproduced almost forty

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  • Le Petit Palais - Jérôme de La Lande - petitpalais.paris.fr
    1732 Grasse Alpes Maritimes 1806 Paris circa 1769 Oil on canvas 72 x 59 5 cm This work executed circa 1769 by Fragonard then at the peak of his art is perhaps part of his famous series of fantastical portraits several of which are held at the Louvre Museum This is a group of portraits painted with quick brushstrokes all in the same format depicting the artists friends or customers such as Diderot Mademoiselle Guimard a famous dancer and the Abbot of St Non The upper half of these figures are depicted dressed in opulent fantasy outfits or Spanish style costumes as they were known at the time accompanied by a few accessories that perhaps symbolised the model s profession Although it is of a slightly different size from the rest of the series the painting at the Petit Palais is typical of these genre portraits For a long time the colouring pencils and paintbrushes led us to believe that this was a portrait of the pastel artist Charles Naudin Because of the presence of the globe most historians now believe albeit without certainty that Fragonard in fact painted Jérôme de La Lande Joseph Jérôme Le François known as Lalande 1732 1807 an astronomer who was very famous in his time Lalande became famous by predicting the passage of Halley s Comet accurate to a month and also calculated the distance between the earth and the moon The facial features particularly the very domed forehead and the bald head are reminiscent of the official portraits of Jérôme de LaLande in particular a terracotta bust modelled by Houdon However without attaching too much importance to resemblance Fragonard seems to have improved on the looks of his model who was very ugly Whoever the model was this remains a beautiful painting in

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/jerome-de-la-lande (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters - petitpalais.paris.fr
    visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Tapestry Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters Manufacture de Beauvais From cartoons by François Boucher After 1741 Wool and silk 363 x 616 cm This piece is part of the Tapestry of the Story of Psyche Under the direction of the goldsmith Nicolas Besnier 1754 and the artistic supervision of the painter Jean Baptiste Oudry 1686 1755 the flourishing royal tapestry workshop in Beauvais employed the greatest artists of the time such as Oudry himself and above all François Boucher 1703 1770 who created the models for six tapestry The poised grace of his mythological subjects enhances their decorative character and breaks away from the great historical paintings of the previous century Apart from Boucher for the 18th century alone the myth of Psyche taken from the Metamorphoses of Apuleius also known as the Golden Ass inspired the painter Charles Natoire 1700 1777 in his decorative painting for the Princess of Soubise in Paris and two tapestries in Brussels The five Beauvais pieces came off the looms in 1741 and 1742 but despite their charm each piece was only woven again six to ten times Complete sets were produced on several occasions for a commission in Marseille in 1742 the Ambassador of Spain in 1744 the King of Sweden in 1745 the Infant Duke of Parma in 1748 Louis XV in 1758 and the King of Prussia in 1764 The copy at the Petit Palais is made up of two tapestries joined together We do not know when it was made It would appear to be before it was bought by the American collector Edward Tuck from the ninth Duke of Marlborough who had bought it in Rome in the late 19th

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  • Le Petit Palais - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Combination furniture commode with doors secretaire in drawer wardrobe Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC Attributed to Circa 1760 oak flower pattern marquetry rosewood and amaranth border gilt bronze Breccia di Aleppo marble 114 x 74 5 x 39 5 cm Roger Van der Cruse 1728 1794 known as Lacroix a translation of his surname was for a long time only known by the mysterious stamp of RVLC Although he mainly worked for other the dealer Poirier circa 1720 1785 and the cabinetmakers Pierre IV Migeon 1701 1758 and Jean François Oeben 1721 1763 he took on major commissions for his guild He produced work for the Crown in the early 1770 s through the intermediary of the Court cabinetmaker Gilles Joubert 1689 1775 After becoming a master craftsman in 1755 he first practised flower pattern marquetry and then favoured geometric patterns lattices some featuring cornflowers interlocking lozenges and intertwined hearts and lozenges In the 1760 s he and Oeben worked with interlocking circles At a time when mahogany was the most popular wood he preferred cladding made of light woods rosewood and lemon tree wood He mainly produced light furniture and chests of drawers with straight bodies on curved feet RVLC made several secretary desks with a slightly curved shape opening with sliding panels featuring toned down rocaille bronzes Later the finished model of the secretary desk would open with a lid flap or cylinder Inside the partially coloured marquetry has retained its original brightness Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Not stamped attributed with reference to a secretary desk from the old Dutasta collection Inventory number ODUT01608 Inventory number ODUT01608 Acquisition details Purchased using interest from the Dutuit bequest 1926

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  • Le Petit Palais - The death of Seneca - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The death of Seneca Jacques Louis David 1748 Paris 1825 Brussels 1773 Oil on canvas 123 x 160 cm The Roman philosopher Seneca was accused of taking part in a conspiracy against Nero and was ordered to commit suicide Seneca accepted the sentence and his wife chose to die with him The husband and wife open their veins but death does not follow swiftly Therefore Seneca asks the servant women to lead his wife away so that neither one of them might weaken at the sight of the other s suffering Pauline survives and is spared by the emperor A doctor slashes the philosopher s ankles to make the blood flow more quickly and a slave hands him poison In the background a centurion dispatched by Nero assists at the execution of the death sentence On the right a disciple writes down the last words of the philosopher whose demise is an example of the highest moral virtue in the face of tyranny The swags around the tall columns and monumental statues are more reminiscent of an opera set than the sober dwelling of a Roman exponent of stoicism One should note the theatrical gestures of the figures the elegance of the female apparel and the cheerful palette of pinks and blues This decorative composition in the Rococo manner sits awkwardly with the austerity of the subject set by the Academy for the Grand Prix de Rome in 1773 The jury was not convinced by David s painting and yet the young painter was already submitting work for the third time He had to wait another year before winning the Prix de Rome which opened the doors of the Eternal City to him In Rome David forsook the charms of the Rococo to

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  • The 18th century
    back to the last years of the reign of Louis XIV Most of the pieces display the fretwork and complications of the Rocaille style of the early years of the Louis XV period Between this style and the style named after his successor Louis XVI the museum offers a fine range of Transition furniture combining the characteristics of the previous two The works are mostly French in particular the Beauvais tapestries marquetry furniture silverware and Sèvres porcelain They also include a wide range of German porcelain figurines especially from Saxony and English enamels from the second half of the century The remarkable enamelled watches come from the three main watchmaking centres of the time Paris London and Geneva The heart of the collection is made up of pieces from the collection donated in 1921 by the American collector Edward Tuck and his wife née Julia Stell Image du bandeau bandeau 18e jpg A SELECTION OF WORKS OF THE 18TH CENTURY Graphic arts Saint Aubin de Catalogues de vente Painting Boucher The little dog s dance David The death of Seneca Fragonard Jérôme de La Lande Greuze Young Shepherd Holding a Flower Robert The Laundry Robert Washerwomen in a garden Tiepolo

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  • Le Petit Palais - A scene of gallantry in a palace - petitpalais.paris.fr
    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 A scene of gallantry in a palace Dirck Van Delen Heudsen 1604 1605 Arnemuiden 1671 Circa 1636 Oil on wooden panel 30 5 x 34 5 cm This painting fits comfortably into the tradition of 17th century Dutch architectural painting representing the fantastical interiors of fine palaces a genre which Van Delen made his own However the apparent simplicity of this scene is purely superficial The size of the two large pillars which taper towards the top is implausible The way in which the different spaces fit together with the suggestion that other unknown spaces exist conveyed by details such as the open door on the extreme left and emphasized by the interplay of light and shade is extremely complex The cracks in the upper part of the central column are perhaps simply designed to demonstrate the artist s virtuosity but are more probably intended to give the scene the appearance of a vanitas The rather unsculptural pose of the triton and siren holding the cartouche are also of

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