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E-24: French Salon of the Louis XVI Period, c. 1780

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

Mrs. Thorne designed this interior “entirely in the spirit of Marie Antoinette—dainty in coloring and full of her symbols of design.” The queen was fond of roses, which were often incorporated into the molded decorations of swags, garlands, and baskets in rooms such as this one. The garden tools and musical instruments in the carvings of the panel heads represent her love of nature and music. Speaking of the Petit Trianon, whose private rooms inspired this salon, Mrs. Thorne wrote, “Nothing could be more chaste, more restrained. This was Marie Antoinatte’s favorite retreat and it is here that I always feel her shadow.”


On View, Gallery 11


Applied Arts of Europe


Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)


E-24: French Salon of the Louis XVI Period, c. 1780


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1932–1937


Miniature room, mixed media


Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 38.1 × 52.1 × 43.2 cm (15 × 20 1/2 × 17 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

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