• Corner-cupboard
  • Corner-cupboard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France (probably)
  • Date: c. 1800 - 1865
  • Medium: Oak, conifer, amboyna, purplewood, stained woods, ebony or ebonised wood, box, gilt bronze, statuary marble, steel lock and key
  • Object size: 89.3 x 80.7 x 54.8 cm
  • Inv: F276
  • Location: Boudoir
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Further Reading
  • This corner-cupboard was made in the nineteenth century, probably in France, as a pair to the cupboard supplied in 1783 by Jean-Henri Riesener for Marie-Antoinette’s cabinet intérieur at Versailles (Wallace Collection F275). The eighteenth-century cupboard had itself been subject to alterations before this copy was made, probably in the early nineteenth century, when it was reveneered with thuya wood. The nineteenth-century copy has been veneered with amboyna rather than thuya wood, which may have looked similar to the original cupboard when it was made but has faded at a different rate and now looks rather different.

    The copyist took overcasts of the gilt-bronze mounts on the eighteenth-century cupboard in order to make the mounts for the copy. Instead of putting all the new mounts on the new cupboard, however, he swapped the mounts round so that some of the eighteenth-century mounts are on the nineteenth-century copy and vice versa. This was a trick played by dealers when trying to pass off a pair, as it lessened the differences between the two.

    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’.

    The lockplate is stamped by an English locksmith, T. Cadwallader, but is itself a replacement for a previous lock.