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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, designed)
    Britain (possibly, designed)

  • Date:

    circa 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mewès & Davis

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.866:64-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 107, box A

The architectural partnership was founded in 1900 by Charles Frédéric Mewès (1860- 1914) and Arthur Joseph Davis (1878-1951). Both studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became famous for their skillful reinterpretation of 18th-century styles.

They built a large practice working for rich financiers and industrialists both in France and Britain. They remodelled Luton Hoo for the diamond magnate Julius Wernher, and one of their most celebrated commission was the Ritz Hotel (1903-6) in London, the first steel-framed building in the city designed with a Parisian exterior and mansard roof, and interiors in the Louis XVI style.

Physical description

Two designs for parquetry commodes with three drawers and gilt ornaments, both on the Louis XV style.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, designed)
Britain (possibly, designed)

Date

circa 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Mewès & Davis

Materials and Techniques

pencil and wash

Marks and inscriptions

Commode Louis XV ebenisterie et bronze
Commode ebenisterie et bronze
Includes dimensions

Dimensions

Height: 311 mm, Width: 211 mm

Descriptive line

Drawings for two commodes in the Louis XV style by Mewes and Davis, c. 1910

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Edwardian Opulence. British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century Yale venter for British Art, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-300-19025-0.
Cat. 14

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Gardens & Gardening; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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