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Boucher Room History

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

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.

small gilt bronze table with white porcelain plaques, elaborately decorated with flowers

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.

wooden bed table with elaborately decorated gilt decorations

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.

 

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    Boucher Room, undated

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    Mrs. Frick's Boudoir (as installed on the second floor), 1927

  • photo of room with desk, chairs, fireplace, large mirror, circa 1927

    Mrs. Frick's Boudoir (as installed on the second floor), 1927

  • photo of stripped room with constuction materials, circa 1935

    Boucher Room under construction, looking southeast, 1935

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    Boucher Room under construction, looking southwest, 1935

  • photo of room with chairs with paintings in panels and table with cancles, circa 1940

    Boucher Room, 1940

  • photo of wall in room with paintings in panels, chairs and table

    Boucher Room, north wall, 1940

  • archival photo of room including desk, chandelier, mirror over fireplace

    Boucher Room, 1940

  • photo of room with couch, table, paintings in panels, chandelier, circa 1940

    Boucher Room, 1940

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