The Wallace Collection

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  • Corner-cupboard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • England
  • c. 1864 - 1870
  • Oak, veneered with amboyna burr, amaranth and sycamore, gilt bronze, removable oak shelf, statuary marble top, steel lock and key
  • Object size: 89.3 x 80.7 x 54.8 cm
    Inscription: 'G134' Scratched
  • F276
  • Boudoir
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Further Reading
  • This corner-cupboard was made in England in the nineteenth century as a pair to the French cupboard (F275) supplied in 1783 by Jean-Henri Riesener for Marie-Antoinette’s cabinet intérieur at Versailles. Although the mounts are very similar, the 19th-century cabinet has been veneered with amboyna rather than thuya wood, which is one of the reasons we know it was made in England. The lockplate is stamped by an English locksmith, T. Cadwallader, which helps us perhaps to date the copy to around 1864-70, when he was recorded as being in business in the London Directories. The quality of the copy is very high. The 4th Marquess of Hertford bought both cabinets as a pair in May 1870 from the Marjoribanks sale, where it was claimed that they both came from the Trianon. As the copy may have been less than ten years old at that stage, the evidence suggests that it was made with the intention to deceive a collector into thinking that both cupboards previously belonged to Marie Antoinette.