A panelled room from the Bélanger House - ROM2007_9229_5


A panelled room from the Bélanger House

Maker: Unidentified maker
Medium:Carved pine
Geography: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada
Date: c. 1820-1830
236.2 (height) x 548.6 (width) x 536 (depth) cm
Object number: 931.91.1.1-
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

The character of this panelled room from the Bélanger House reflects that of an urban Quebec townhouse of the early 19th century, or perhaps a seigneurial manor house in the countryside. The manor house of the famed French Canadian novelist, Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, was located just a few miles from the Bélanger House. It is an anomaly that this room was found instead in the modest home of a farmer, and that the woodwork and carvings are so similar to church decorations of the period. The room’s decoration is sometimes attributed to Amable Charron (1785-1866), a local woodworker-sculptor (menuisier-sculpteur), who apprenticed under Louis-Amable Quévillon, one of the foremost church sculptors of his generation. This attribution has yet to be substantiated.

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