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Design Art, Interiors, Fireplace, Art Nouveau, Antique Watercolor
Art Nouveau Fireplace Design
French: c. 1900
Watercolor on paper
12.25 x 9.5 inches
Provenance: James R. Lamantia, Jr.
Details shown left include full view and tack holes n the corner.
An original watercolor design for a colorful Art Nouveau fireplace for an elegant, high-ceilinged room. The rectangular opening is surrounded by yellow tiles with a foliate green design, which in turn are flanked by a deep red enclosure with niches for the fireplace tools. The mantelpiece shelf is shown supporting a jade-colored Chinese bowl. Above the fireplace is a cabinet, en suite, with blue doors in an arch with painted floral border. The cabinet has shelves and niches for additional vases, and sconces on either side.
Given the loose rendering and thumbtack holes in the corners, this drawing was probably a preliminary study by a designer for a specific client, or perhaps to be kept on file to show various options to future clients. It is numbered “136” upper right.
Provenance: James Lamantia, Jr. (1923-2011). At the time of his death, Lamantia was Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was also a practicing architect, and an artist.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Thumbtack holes in corners, as issued.
Cullison, William R. III, and Lamantia, James. An Eye for Architecture: Architectural and Decorative Drawings from the Collection of James Lamantia. New Orleans: Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University Library, September 16 to October 31, 1984.