"A visit to grand-mère" by Andrew LaMar Hopkins
"A visit to grand-mère" shows a well appointed 1830's Louisiana
Creole salon of a Grandmother who is being visited by her grandchildren. The Grandmother depicted in the painting would have set up house in Louisiana as a young woman in the late 18th century. The room has a mixture of furniture from this period as well as more up to date pieces like the 1830's Louis Philippe seated furniture. Rooms in Louisiana were furnished with fine French style local made furniture as well as with imported pieces from Europe, as is the case with this room. The room is furnished with late 18th century French furniture and decorative arts as well and locally made Creole pieces, like the Creole armoire, a Louisiana walnut pied-de-biche cabriole leg center table topped with French desserts. A French Papillon dog sits on a green velvet pillow under the 18th century Louisiana table.
Other imported items in the room are
decorative arts like the blue and white tobacco jars on the mantel. The 18th century French faïence pottery urn on the marble top Louis XVI gilt-wood console table under the window. To the right of the mantel is a gilt bronze French wall clock in the Neoclassical Louis XVI style circa 1775. To the left of the mantel is a 18th century Neoclassical French Gesso And Giltwood Barometer. The 1830's seated furniture are the newest and most comfortable pieces added to the room, 1830's French Louis Philippe chairs covered in silk green velvet.
The focal point of the room shows a Creole fireplace. Although Louisiana has tropical weather most of the year some winters can become a little chilly. Most homes built during the 18th and 19th century had fireplaces in just about every room. Creole homes had Creole mantelpieces like in this case. They are called wrap around mantles. The mantel is painted black and the baseboards to match. The floors are bare wide cypress boards. Creole's loved Ancestral portraits and they were displayed in different rooms of a home.
A fine 1830's Creole Federal style mantel.
18th century Neoclassical French Gesso And Giltwood Barometer.
Over the late 18th century NeoClassical gilt wood mirror is a oil portrait from about 1820 with fresh Easter Sago palms tucked behind the portrait. The Gondola chair next to the center table with scalloped vase splat and saber legs was a popular form in New Orleans. The fancy Drapery cornice over the window is also painted and gilded with a Neoclassical patterned painted on it.
1830's American Classical Mahogany Gondola Chairs in the Manner of François Seignouret, 19th c., incurvate crest rails, vasiform splats, slip seats, sabre legs.
A 18th century Louisiana walnut pied-de-biche cabriole leg center table
Marble top Louis XVI gilt-wood console table
The 18th century French faïence pottery urn
A 1830's Creole mantel in the late Federal style.
late 18th century NeoClassical gilt wood mirror
A early 19th century pair of blue and white tobacco jars.
1830's French Louis Philippe chairs.
"A visit to grand-mère" by Andrew LaMar Hopkins in a collection in San Francisco.
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