By Thomas P. Campbell, Director
Distributed by Yale University Press 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has some great rooms “without a view”.
A section of The New York MMofA has been set aside for re-creations of famous rooms. The “Tapestry Room from Croome Court” is a reproduction of a 1763 interior design by Robert Adam.
THE TAPESTRY ROOM FROM CROOME COURT
Adam was a Scottish architect that also designed furniture and room interiors. Adam was not the architect of the Croome Court mansion but he did design several mansions; and, most famously, the Pulteney Bridge in Bath, England.
The mansion-house of Croome Court still exists in Worcestershire, England, near Pershore (69 miles north of Bath).
This room replica in The New York MMofA is festooned with Jacques Neilson silk and wool tapestry hangings from the workshop at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory. Jacques Neilson (1714-1788) was a French weaver of English birth. He was the son of a Scottish sea merchant that lived in London.
TAPESTRY HANGINGS BY JACQUES NEILSON
The Manufactory still exists today in Paris at 42 avenue des Gobelins. It is now run by the French Ministry of Culture (government rather than privately owned), still producing tapestries, but also conducting tours.
BOUCHER MEDALLION IN THE RE-CREATED ROOM
Boucher was a painter and tapestry designer but he also created theatre costumes and sets. He gathered a reputation as a risqué artist that painted a portrait of one of King Louis XV’s mistresses.
Boucher’s “lascivious” paintings were vilified by the famous French art critic, writer, and philosopher, Denis Diderot (1713-1784).
There are a number of reproduced rooms in The Metropolitan Museum of Art with equally, if not more, interesting histories.