Vase of Flowers in a Niche

Attributed to Michel Bruno Bellengé French

Not on view

Intended to be inserted into decorative paneling over a door, this painting makes most sense when seen from below. From this vantage point, the dramatic perspective, shadows, and underbelly of the vase trick the eye into believing this is not a painting at all, but the thing itself. This work was once owned by Georges Hoentschel (1855–1915), an interior designer who took objects from his collection as models and inspiration for his projects. Around 1905, Hoentschel used this painting as the basis for new Louis XVI style overdoors in the English country house Luton Hoo.

Vase of Flowers in a Niche, Attributed to Michel Bruno Bellengé (French, Rouen 1726–1793 Rouen), Oil on canvas

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