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E-22: French Provincial Bedroom of the Louis XV Period, 18th Century

A work made of miniature room, mixed media.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of miniature room, mixed media.


c. 1937


Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

“This bedroom of a country house in Normandy represents the provincial interpretation of the style of Louis XV,” wrote Mrs. Thorne. She intended this interior to show the way in which a growing middle class outside of Paris adapted some of the innovations in comfort and style characteristic of Louis XV’s reign for their relatively modest homes. A striving for beauty is demonstrated in the richly carved armoire against the left wall and in the sprigged wallpaper supplementing the paneling of the back wall.


On View, Gallery 11


Applied Arts of Europe


Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)


E-22: French Provincial Bedroom of the Louis XV Period, 18th Century


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1932–1937


Miniature room, mixed media


Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 27.9 × 49.5 × 44.5 cm (11 × 19 1/2 × 17 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

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