Friday, October 5, 2012

Another Reveal


You will recall my excitement last weekend over the pair of Chinoiserie paintings I had just won at auction. After hanging them Sunday, we have had a rainy week ideal for my garden, but not for photography. A glorious fall day today allowed a little photo shoot of them in my dining room.

A linguist friend also uncovered more information on the French artist of these paintings -

"Leila De Dampierre was the wife of Count Robert De Dampierre, French ambassador to Hungary from August 1940 until December 1942. As you noted, she was a poet and painter, illustrated his books with sketches and original designs (e.g., L'equipee d'une legation de France [Norway 1940]), and during his tenure in Hungary they both were active in the public life of Hungary, especially in raising aid for French prisoners of war (after the French collapse in June 1940). You will also see reference to an exposition of her silk paintings with oriental motifs in the Hungary Gazette of 22 January 1944 (the exposition was shared with the watercolors of Baronness Elma Podmaniczky)."

















6 comments:

Gretchen said...

I've been eager to see where you intended to hang your lovely auction win! They look terrific in your dining room, and once again you have reminded me what an asset it is to have auction houses close by...I hope to be as successful in the future as you were. On another note, those (hurricanes?) champagne coolers are tremendous. I love them.

WWL said...

Your pictures look wonderful in your dining room. Love the wall paper. The pictures and wall paper were made for each other. One question. The frames. They look better than the auction photo. Did you spruce them up or replace them? I always wondered about that. Should one leave the frames looking "vintage" or improve them.

Marty said...

Your dining room is gorgeous!! These 2 are the perfect new addition.

Beth Connolly said...

WWL - No, I didn't do anything with the frames. My preference is to keep the original frame unless it is terrible. I think new frames take away from the antique look.

Vickie H. said...

TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!

Amelia said...

who makes the wallpaper in your dining room?