The Wallace Collection

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Casket
  • Casket
  • Antoine Foullet (1710 - 1775)
  • France
  • c. 1755
    late 19th century (velvet lining)
  • Oak, turtleshell, première-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, pink silk, gilt bronze, crimson velvet, gold braid, brass and steel
  • Object size: 35.5 x 56.5 x 40.5 cm
  • Stamp: 'JME / ANT / FOVLLET'
  • F399
  • Not on display
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  • The gilt-bronze musical trophy in the middle of the front of this casket and the pierced gilt-bronze front and sides, backed by pink silk, are evidence that this was formerly a musical box; it carries the stamp of the cabinet-maker Antoine Foullet (c. 1710-1775, maitre 1749) who worked largely for clockmakers so it is no surprise that he should be making musical boxes. Unfortunately it no longer contains a musical movement.
    The casket is veneered with turtleshell and on the lid with premiere-partie Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell; in the centre is a cipher of interlaced Ls enclosing an A but the identity of the original patron is still unkown to us.
    The gilt-bronze mounts are of good quality and appear to have been cast by a founder of some distinction. Claude-Bernard Heban (maitre 1755) and Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain (1719-1791, maitre 1748) are known to have supplied Foullet with mounts.