Boucher Room

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Boucher Room History

The Boucher Room was constructed by combining the former Ladies’ Dressing Room, part of the Butler’s Pantry, and the adjoining Silver Safe. After Mrs. Frick’s death in 1931, the panels and other decorative elements were moved to the present location from her boudoir located upstairs. This intimate chamber was designed around the eight canvases, long assumed to have been commissioned by Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, but today believed to have been composed in the studio of her favorite painter, François Boucher, for an unknown patron.

Decorative Art in the Boucher Room

The French porcelains, of a type favored by Madame de Pompadour, were produced in the 18th century by the manufactory located first at Vincennes and then at Sèvres.

 

Four Fauteuils with Tapestry Covers Showing Flowers on Blue Grounds, frames c. 1770, covers 1825/50. French. Purchased 1914. The covers are from the Gobelins or Beauvais manufactory.

 

Attributed to André-Louis Gilbert, 1746–1809. French. Commode with Pictorial Marquetry Showing Classical Ruins and Floral Bouquets, c. 1775. Purchased 1918.

 

Set of Three Sèvres Porcelain “Pots-Pourris Myrte” with Flemish Scenes and Landscapes, Pink Ground with Blue and Gold Overlay, c. 1762. French. Purchased 1918. The vases, decorated with Flemish peasant scenes after Teniers and landscapes inspired by Boucher, are named for the myrtle leaves that adorn them.

Martin Carlin, c. 1730–1785. French. Mechanical Reading and Writing Table with Sèvres Porcelain Plaques, probably 1781. Purchased 1915.

 

Jean-Henri Riesener, 1734–1806. French. Writing Table with Mahogany Veneer, c. 1785–90. Purchased 1914. The table with a sliding top has exceptionally fine mounts characteristic of the great cabinetmaker’s work.

Martin Carlin, c. 1730–1785. French. Work and Bed Table with Trellis Marquetry, c. 1770–72. Purchased 1914. The uppermost section, which is removable and can be used as a bed table, is fitted with a mirror, an adjustable bookrest, and storage compartments.

 

Boucher Room, southeast corner, 1953

Boucher Room, northeast corner, 1953

Boucher Room, northwest corner, 1963

Boucher Room, southwest corner, 1963

Boucher Room, west wall, 1963

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