The Wallace Collection

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  • Cabinet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1840 (cabinet)
    c. 1690 (marquetry panels)
  • Oak, pine, birch, ebony, Boulle marquetry of brass and turtleshell, gilt bronze, Sarrancolin marble, première- and contre-partie marquetry, brass and steel
  • Object size: 106.4 x 107.2 x 50.2 cm
  • F17
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • This cabinet was made in France in about 1840, re-using panels of marquetry of c. 1690 made by a contemporary of Andre-Charles Boulle. The interior and drawers of the cabinet, with their plain ebony veneer and recessed brass drawer handles are of strongly early-nineteenth-century character.
    The marquetry of the doors is very fine in execution and lively in conception, and must be influenced by the designs of Jean Berain (1640-1711); although it has not been matched with any engraving known today, insect-winged figures occur in several engravings after him.
    It is likely that the doors were originally panels on a wardrobe, and would therefore have been seen from a different height: while the horn-blowing figures are meant to be seen at eye-level, the underside of the arches is extensively shown, suggesting that they should be above eye-level. The marquetry on the sides is consistent in style with that on the doors and may have come from the same wardrobe.