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Boiserie from the Palais Paar, 30 Wollzeile, Vienna, Austria

Designed by architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786)

Maker:
Carved by Johann Georg Leithner (1725–1785) , and his assistants
Date:
ca. 1765–72, with later additions
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Carved, painted, and gilded pine; plaster; gilt-bronze; mirror glass; oak flooring
Dimensions:
H. 192 x W. 486 x D. 294-1/2 in. (487.7 x 1234.4 x 748.0 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1963
Accession Number:
63.229.1
  • Description

    The paneling of this room comes from the Palais Paar, which stood at Wollzeile 30, in Vienna, until 1938. The large, quadrilateral Baroque palace with a central courtyard was built about 1630 for the postmaster of the Holy Roman Empire, Baron Johann Christoph von Paar. Behind the twelve large windows above the two entrances of the main facade were four large staterooms. These rooms and the living quarters on the same floor were completely remodeled between 1765 and 1771 for Count Wenzel Joseph Johann von Paar by the architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786) and the sculptor Johann Georg Leithner (1725–1785).

    The Museum’s paneling is composed of elements from at least two rooms, which recent paint analysis has shown were originally painted in different shades of gray. The Museum’s room epitomizes the last phase of rococo before it was subsumed by the Louis XVI style.

  • Provenance

    Prince Johann Wenzel von Paar ; by descent, Paar family (until c. 1931–34) ; [ Jansen (c. 1931–34; sold to Sassoon) ] ; Sir Philip Sassoon (1934–mid-1950s) ; [ Jansen , Paris, mid-1950s–1963; sold to MMA]

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