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Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Red house in Monschau | MONSCHAU | Rococo staircase carved in oak | 18th century interiors and rooms | Carved Wainscoting in oak

The Red House in Monschau

In this blog entry I'll give you a tour of the Red House in Monschau. This small German town located on the outskirts of the Eifel, only a fifteen minutes drive from Eupen . (Eupen is in German-speaking town in Belgium).
The most striking building in this picturesque town is the Red House, a building from the 18th century, an Rococo oak staircase, carved Wainscoting in oak  and sculpted period style furniture in Aachen Rococo style are the highlights of this wonderful Museum.

The Red House is an eloquent testimony of the flowering period of woollen cloth fabrication in Monschau during the 18th century. On the point of confluence of the rivers Rur and Laufenbach the high building neighbouring the protestant Church gives a dominating accent to the architectural lay-out of this small city.

The clothier and merchant Johann Heinrich Scheibler, founder member of the Monschau 'Fine Clothiers' Guild, had it around 1760 as his residence and office; a double building under one big curb roof with two richly sculpted portals crowned by escutcheons with the names: the left 'To the Golden Helmet', the right 'To The Pelican'.
Designed and decorated consecutively in late Rococo, French Louis XVI and Empire style, the Red House is an exquisite showcase of bourgeois living culture in the Eifel mountains between Aachen (Germany) and Liège (Belgium) in the time around 1800.

18th century interiors and rooms  | Red House Monschau

A carved house door

The entrance Hall in the left residential part offers a decorative ensemble of the 1760ies of admirable unity topped by the unsupported upgrowing spiral of the gracious wooden staircase; marble painted walls, crystal chandeliers, gold-framed mirroirs; above a settee the portraits of the first owner J.H. Scheibler and his wife Maria.

You can look through the spiral of the dark oak wooden staircase up to the 3rd floor. On its outside railing 21 reliefs show images of putti illustrating the domestic cloth-manufacture: from the grazing Merino-wool-sheep to the transport of the final cloth bales; on its inner railing other reliefs show allegories of the four seasons , starting with spring, of the day times and the four elements: fire, water, air, earth.

Rococo staircase carved in oak

The Study

The Study opens to the street; it is furnished with a set of writing-table and arm-chairs from the Cologne Pallenberg studio, done after 1900 in the 18th century rococostyle, and has a marble fireplace with castiron plates; an additional stove, formed like an urn, stands in a white tiled niche. But the most remarkable exhibit in this room is a picture tapestry, probably painted by artist of the Düsseldorf Acadamy, imitating a Dutch picture-gallery of Rembrandt's time whitch shows portraits, history paintings, landscapes, animal pieces- all living in illusionistic frames.

The Dining-room

The dining-room, opening to the river Rur, gives an undisturbed impression of the Louis XVI style around 1780; dark-toned oak-wood furnitue decorated with bas-relief carvings in front of a gren ground oil painted flower-tapestry. On the walls framed protraits of members of the Scheibler family in the different styles of their times of origin like they are to be found everywhere in the house.
In the basement below is the kitchen, equipped to provide a richly set table: fire-place, supplemented later on with a cast-iron stove-box, brass kettles, copper tools, hare-roaster and a spindle screw mangle.

The office-rooms

The office-rooms are on the ground floor of the house 'To the Pelican' connected with the residential area. They served the commercial administration of the clothiers home-industry. Several documents of the Monschau cloth manufacture are shown: a book of goods recieved, with color recipes and wool samples, cloth pattern books, of which the most important is the big pattern book of the 'Fine Clothiers Guild', used for the Aachen trade-fair in 1810 under the reign of Emperor Napoleon I. A big Aachen-Liège glass-cupboard in Rococo style shows earthenware with the family emblems of Scheibler-von-Mallinckrodt. In the front-room there is also an elegant horse sleigh with a back coach-box to be seen.

In this part of the house a second, smaller Rococo staircase leads to the upper floors.
Its wooden railing, like that of the big stairs, is decorated with motives of the four seasons and agriculture sumbolizing the diligence of trade embedded in the order and rhythm of nature.

The first floor is recerved in both parts to the family's living and banquet rooms:
In the blue drawing-room: A set of sofa, armchairs and seats around a table, to the left a glass-cupboard in aachen Rococo style with a curved pediment,  to the right a Liège Louis XVI corner glass-cupboard with straight cornice grouped with a bureau opposite the mirrormounted fir-place; on the backwall the big double ^portrait of the founder's son Wilhelm Scheibler and his wife Theresia, born Böcking. On the sidewalls boys portraits of three of their sons.

The following Yellow Room is dominated by an important house item: a stately Aachen linen wardrobe richly decorated with rocailles and crowned by a doublecartouche with the emblems of the Scheibler-Böcking family. Beside a massive French or Dutch baroque table with matching arm-chair; on the walls meteal framed mirrors.

The small cabinet following has a charming Louis XVI furniture ensemble: a two-seated rodgrid-settee and an elegant set of armchairs and table in front of a wainscoting showing emblems of war and music. Above one sees a painting linen tapestry showing one continuous landscape scenery and grotesque motives linked to a sopraporta (a over-door) in the hall inspired by ornament engravings of the 18th century.

Carved Wainscoting in oak

The Banquet room in the house 'To the Pelican' has been used by the family festivities and candlelight concerts. Its window front opening to the river Rur, its stucco ceiling with ornamental roses and the concert harp give it a well-balanced and festive character.
In front one finds the so-called anteroom to the banquet room, furnished as a vestibule or drawing-room with a set of noble Gobelin arm-chairs on a French Aubusson carpet and a rare example of a glass-cupboard with built-in pendulum clock.

On the second floor we find four bedrooms:

To the left the so-called Böcking room with oak furnish-ings in the pastel ambience of wall-surfaces, curtains and a new Nepalese carpet. Above the bed one finds the pastel portraits of the Böckings, the parents of Theresia Scheibler. The evensurfaced wardrobe displays in its gable a central cartouche (the Aachen bean), the low bureau has a Rococo ornament in relief. The two-tiered showcase corner-cupboard with decorative elements of Louis XVI is architecturally divided by means of continuous fillets with vase endings.
At the front we next find the small green bedroom with a broad oak-wooden bed, a cradle and a wardrobe with bas)relief carvings of about 1780; a washing-stand of about 1750 with a silverplated washing-set and a wall-mirror.

In the so-called Rococo bedroom stands a doublebed under pastel portraits from the late 18th cenury. Apart from that we see an Aachen wardrobe in the Rococo style, a baby's chair and toy horse, an embossed brass hot-water bottle and a bidet with flowery china pot.

We enter another era in the splendid Empire Bedroom at the end of our visit. The furniture dates from the late Napoleonic period, or rather the early Prussian eraa after 1815 and comes from the Schaaffhausen-Deichmann family estat at Cologne: it comprises highly polished mahagony veneer with gold bronze fittings. The broad, clothdraped four-poster stands between two pillar consoles; at the side a washing-stand with Chinoiserie washing-set; at the side a seating accomodation with floor mirror. The ensemble is set into the cool blue wall coloration decorated with a continuous handpainted palm leaf border.

The Red House of the Scheibler family was transformed in 1963 into a 'Foundation Scheibler Museum Red House Monschau' by the District Assembly of the Rheinland .

Opening Hours
Tuesdags-Sundays  Closed on Mondays

Entrance fees 
3Euro Adults
2Euro students childern and teenagers

Rotes Haus 
Laufenstraße 10 
52156 Monschau
Telefon: 02472 5071 

Here are some impressions of the Red House in monschau.

The Rococo staircase carved in oak

Rococo staircase carved in oak


Friday, 1 April 2016

TEFAF 2016 | The European Fine Art Fair Maastricht | Art & Antiques Fair | MECC

TEFAF 2016 | Art & Antiques Fair Maastricht

Every spring for 25 years now, it’s been an annual tradition to visit TEFAF in Maastricht (Netherlands). I remember my very first time like it was yesterday. It was back in 1990, and it was a true feast for the eyes that managed to leave a lasting impression on me.
In this blog item, we pay a little visit to TEFAF 2016 in Maastricht (MECC). It’s safe to say that this annual event is something that people the world over are eager to visit.
This edition, I was in the company of several students Woodcarving. And what a pleasant and educational day it was!

Visit the TEFAF in Maastricht | Patrick Damiaens

TEFAF 2016

TEFAF Maastricht is without a doubt the most prestigious art fair in Europe. This art and antiques fair is visited by art lovers from all over the world. During the fair, which is traditionally held at the MECC (Exhibition and Congress Centre) in Maastricht, a wide variety of art forms are presented and sold.
From 11 to 20 March 2016, the MECC in Maastricht is transformed into the world’s leading art fair, TEFAF. Because TEFAF is such a trend-setting event, it can count itself among the most renowned art fairs in the world. That is why the fair manages to attract tens of thousands of visitors from home and abroad each year.

The European Fine Art Fair Maastricht | TEFAF 2016

All relevant information on TEFAF Maastricht 2016 can be found in the short summary below. You will find information regarding the location, opening hours, entrance fees, accessibility, etc.
Since 1975, every year, Maastricht becomes home to the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). As the name already suggests, this fair is all about art. During the fair, a clear distinction is made between the different art forms. Every art form is put on display in its own section, with 9 sections in total. All forms of art are featured at the fair, ranging from statues to paintings and so much more.
TEFAF is especially renowned for its amazing display of antique works of art and has managed to carve out a name for itself in the art world. TEFAF is spread out over a surface of 31.000 square meters, which harbours approximately 35.000 art pieces that are “up for grabs”.

Every year, the fair can count on nearly 100.000 enthusiastic visitors, of which nearly half come from abroad: a clear indication of its worldwide fame! The fair has a very exclusive character, which doesn’t allow just any art gallery or art merchant to put things on display. Only the most prominent galleries and merchants make an appearance at this event.

TEFAF 2016

The fair is held at the MECC, which is short for Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre.
The entrance fee for TEFAF amounts to € 40 per person. If you would like a catalogue of the entire art exhibition, the price goes up to € 60 per person. For visitors who plan to visit TEFAF for several days, the season ticket might be a good option. For a total of € 100, this gives you unlimited access to the event for its entire duration.

The following is a short photo report on TEFAF 2016, with some of the lovely objects and art pieces, which I’ve managed to capture on film for you.

Alberto Di Castro Roma | Tefaf 2016

Röbbig München | Tefaf 2016

Antiques La Mésangère, Liege (B)

Antiques La Mésangère, Liege (B)

Galerie J.Kugel

Theo Daatselaar Fine Arts & Antiques | Tefaf 2016

Richard Redding Antiques Ltd

Kunsthandel Peter Mühlbauer

Antiques, Mallett, London


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