24.8 x 19.4 cm (9 13/16 x 7 5/8 inches) (plate)
Museum Works of Art Fund
This highly decorated interior was designed for the house of a wealthy patron in Holland. The wall of the room, divided by Neoclassical moldings, is adorned with European and Asian ceramics and wallpaper depicting “Chinese” vignettes as imagined by the French artist. Part of a series of six designs for chimneys, the etching reveals a taste for the exotic, typical of the early 1700s.
An architect and designer, Daniel Marot spent most of his working life in Holland, helping spread the Louis XIV style throughout Europe. As the most prolific designer of his age, Marot published hundreds of prints of room interiors, wallpapers, ceilings, velvet patterns, bed draperies, carriages, vases, clocks, locks, jewelry, gardens, and chimneys, all characterized by a profusion of decoration and a variety of influences.