Wednesday, October 12, 2011
With all of the potential exposure photographers could offer us on their websites, blogs, and social media sites, the staff and advisors of Hotel de Paris Museum made the difficult decision to not allow photography, filming, or recording by non-commercial visitors.
Loss of a revenue stream (the sale of officially sanctioned images) was not a factor for us. The policy protects the museum’s intellectual property, light-sensitive artifacts, tour aesthetics, and security. In addition, it helps prevent the stalking of visitors, volunteers, and staff.
However, we have made a compromise to our policy and accommodated requests for images by creating an on-line press room. Low-resolution images of our period rooms, artwork, and other furnishings are on view and easy to find at http://hoteldeparismuseum.org/pressroomgallery/pressroom.html or http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotel_de_paris_museum/
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Justice Unblinded, J. L. Mott Iron Works
Arguably the most dominant of Dupuy’s collection is Justice Unblinded, which stands 6 feet 7 inches tall. Some believe the figure was inspired by French Neoclassical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Bust of Napoleon. The casting was listed in a catalog from 1890 for $950. Statues with metallic finishes cost about 10% more than those offered with one painted coat. The statue was placed following the destruction by fire of buildings to the west of the hotel, and may have been a commentary on the slow removal of charred debris that remained after the loss of the McClellan Opera House in 1892 (Dupuy led a group of local citizens to petition the Town of Georgetown for an expedient clean-up of the lots).
Reclining Stag, J. L. Mott Iron Works
Much like a cigar store Indian, Reclining Stag or Reclining Deer advertised Hotel de Paris as an inn where travelers could eat and rest. The figure portrays an American white-tailed deer, with one front leg extended. It stands 3 feet 8 inches tall and was bronzed or gilded. In 1890, it sold for $70. The stag symbolizes St. Julian the Hospitaler, the patron saint of innkeepers and travelers.
Boy With Pan, J. L. Mott Iron Works
Flanking the stag is a charming pair of bronzed or gilded water bearers known as Boy With Pan or Boy Fountain. The statuettes stood approximately 2 feet 3 inches tall and were typically accompanied by a cast iron ground basin decorated by long leaves or shells and frogs. Dupuy’s figures supported reservoirs above their heads to catch or hold water, and may have served as birdbaths.
Reclining Lion, J. L. Mott Iron Works
Reclining Lion, by
Labels: Boy Fountain, Boy With Duck Fountain, Boy with Pan, J.L. Mott Iron Works, Justice Unblinded, Kevin Kuharic, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Reclining Deer, Reclining Lion, Reclining Stag, St. Julian the Hospitaler, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado, zinc
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
|Dupuy’s bust of Shakespeare is small (approximately 9” tall). According to his obituary, he would have kept it paired with another Parian ware bust (perhaps a likeness of Charles Dickens) in his bedroom or study.|
Parian ware was offered as busts, figures, figural groups, vases, jugs, medallions, and other decorative ornaments for the homeowner in search of a status symbol. “While we cannot have the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Cellini, we can at least have the reproductions,” stated Louis Dupuy.
Hotel de Paris Museum’s Parian ware and related items consist of one portrait bust of William Shakespeare and five black and white studio photographs of Parian ware statuettes or reductions, perhaps given Dupuy or left behind by a traveling salesman selling items by Copeland & Garrett. A second portrait bust, most likely portraying a favorite author of Dupuy’s, was lost sometime after 1954, and, it is suspected a sixth photograph has also disappeared, but it is not known when.
|Venus with the Apple|
Labels: Beatrice, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Edgar George Papworth, Flora, John Gibson, Joseph Durham, Kevin Kuharic, National Trust for Historic Preservation, On the Sea Shore, Parian ware, sample room, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado, traveling salesman, Venus de Medici, Venus with the Apple