October 17, 2023

Lunchtime Tour of Salon Doré

Guided Tour of Salon Doré

Monday, October 17, 2023 – 11am – 12pm

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Mary Coughlin, Deputy Director, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, will lead a tour of the Salon Doré . The Salon Doré is the Corcoran’s 18th-century French period room. It was originally part of the hôtel de Clermont, an important early 18th-century private residence in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, an old aristocratic quarter of Paris. After purchasing the house in 1768, Pierre-Gaspard-Marie Grimod, Count d’Orsay, commissioned the Salon Doré as the drawing room for his bride, Marie-Louise-Albertine-Amélie, Princess de Croÿ-Molenbais; it was completed just in time for their marriage in December 1770.

In 1926, the room’s gilded wall paneling and ceiling mural came to the Corcoran as part of the bequest of William A. Clark (1839-1925), an industrialist and United States Senator from Montana. Senator Clark purchased the room around 1904 for installation in the mansion he was building on Fifth Avenue at 77th Street in New York City. The Salon Doré as it is today is the product of these two great patrons of the arts, the French Count d-Orsay and the Francophile Senator Clark.

This event follows the tour in April of the Lansdowne House Dining Room, a Period Room, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and is part of our series on Neoclassical interiors in the United States.