The Wallace Collection

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Wardrobe
  • Wardrobe
  • Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732)
  • France
  • c. 1700
  • Oak (back stained black), ebony, première- and contre-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, marquetry (inside doors) of ebony, amaranth and pewter, gilt bronze, steel lock, bolts and key
  • Object size: 255 x 163.5 x 61 cm
  • Stamp: 'I DUBOIS'
  • F61
  • Large Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This grand wardrobe is similar to another in the Wallace Collection (F62) . The main purpose of the piece was for display, but it was also fitted with shelves for storage purposes. The figurative, gilt-bronze mounts on the centre of the doors represent Apollo and Daphne and Apollo flaying Marsyas, mythological stories derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Boulle himself was a compulsive collector and owned a series of drawings after the Metamorphoses by Raphael, destroyed in his workshop fire of 1720.
    In a declaration of 1700 Boulle declared that he had nine wardrobes in his workshop, so it is likely that the production of such pieces was quite considerable.
    This wardrobe was once in the collection of the Duke of Buckingham at Stowe House. The interior was lined with peach blossom silk and fitted with gilt-bronze brackets and hooks to hold the clothes of Queen Victoria when she visited in 1845, three years before the 4th Marquess purchased the wardrobe.