German School, 19th century
View of the living-room of Count and Countess de Bruges in Berlin
Watercolor on graphite, arabic gum on the table cloth.
Inscribed on the verso Salon de ma mère à Berlin / donné par Röscher [My mother’s living room in Berlin/ given by Röscher].
175 x 285 mm – 6 7/8 x 11 1/4 in.
Provenance: Marie-Charlotte Apollonie de Bruges (1802 – 1893), wife of Henri Michel Scipion, marquis de la Rochelambert (1789 – 1863); by descent to the present owner.
An excellent example of drawing as support to family memories, this view of a bedroom at Countess Alphonse de Bruges in Berlin was kept with numerous other documents in an amicorum album gathered by the countess’s daughter, Apollonie de Bruges, to keep together the most important souvenirs and mementos of her life. Born in Berlin in a monarchist family who had emigrated under the French Revolution, Apollonie de Bruges came back to Paris to be educated in the Augustinian ladies’ convent, where she befriended Georges Sand. In 1822, she married Count de Rochelambert. The artist, whose name can be read as Röscher is little known. There are several artists called Roscher in 19th-century Germany. It could be August Eduard Ferdinand Röscher who is known for his self-portrait.
Condition report – Laid down on paper. A fold on the left edge.