The Wallace Collection

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  • Filing-cabinet
  • Jean-Pierre Latz (1691 - 1754)
  • France
  • c. 1750
  • Oak veneered with amaranth, tulipwood, kingwood, satiné and floral marquetry (mostly of end-grain kingwood), back and bottom of oak carcase painted glossy black, gilt bronze
  • Object size: 76.7 x 83 x 36 cm
  • Stamp: 'I.P.LATZ'
  • F82
  • West Room
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Further Reading
  • An attribution on stylistic grounds of this filing cabinet ('serre-papiers') to Jean-Pierre Latz (c. 1691-1754) is confirmed by his stamp under the top of the plinth, 'I.P. LATZ'. It has traditionally been support by a cabinet in the Wallace Collection (F73), but the two pieces do not bear much resemblance to each other and do not appear to have been originally intended to be paired together. However, in the eighteenth century a serre-papiers like this would have stood on a cabinet in a similar manner, or may have been placed directly onto a writing table.
    The sides of this filing cabinet are very representative of the floral marquetry produced by Latz at this period, with its mix of formalized and more realistic floral representation. The revival of floral marquetry began in the early 1740s, and Latz experimented with end-grain wood (usually kingwood) which is visible here; the flowers are more realistic than before but are still formalised and do not depict any botanically identifiable species. Some flowers have been stained in an attempt to introduce colour.