Wallpaper panel: Les Prodigues or Souper a la Maison doré by Thomas Couture

The tableau depicts the latter stages of an evening in a candlelit room at the well-known Maison d'Or in Paris.


Polychrome distemper on paper
185.4 x 235 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,790 ( Total: £19,300)
Acquired in:
Galerie Roxane Rodriguez

Pierrot is seated on the table, Harlequin sits head in hands beside him with a man and woman collapsed on the floor at their feet. This panel was displayed on Desfossé's stand at the Paris International Exhibition of 1855 and shows the lengths to which ambitious manufacturers were prepared to go to excite public comment and thus increase status and sales.

Artists include


Franco-Belgian collectors, 1920; Roxane Rodriguez.

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