GREAT ROOMS WITHOUT A VIEW

THE NEW GUIDE TO “THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART”

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

CROOME CT. TAPESTRY

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.

ROBERT ADAM (1728-1792)
ROBERT ADAM (1728-1792)
PULTENEY BRIDGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mansion-house of Croome Court still exists in Worcestershire, England, near Pershore (69 miles north of Bath).

CROOME COURT (PHOTO DATE 6.21.06)
CROOME COURT (PHOTO DATE 6.21.06)

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

Tapestry Hangings from 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.

ROYAL GOBELINS MANUFACTORY

BOUCHER MEDALLION IN THE RE-CREATED ROOM

Medallion by Boucher

FRANCOIS BOUCHER 1703-1770

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).

LOUISE O’MURPHY – KING LOUIS’ MISTRESS 1751

There are a number of reproduced rooms in The Metropolitan Museum of Art with equally, if not more, interesting histories.

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