The J. Paul Getty Museum

Music Stand (Pupitre)

Object Details

Title:

Music Stand (Pupitre)

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Martin Carlin (French, born Germany, about 1730 - 1785, master 1766)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1770–1775

Medium:

Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth (or purple heart), holly and fruitwood, and incised with colored mastics; gilt bronze mounts

Object Number:

55.DA.4

Dimensions:

148.6 × 50.2 × 36.5 cm (58 1/2 × 19 3/4 × 14 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

Designed to hold sheets of music at an angle, the rectangular music rest can be raised or lowered for a standing or seated musician.

The extending arms hold candles to illuminate the sheet music for evening concerts or dances. Around the third decade of the 1700s, French designers and cabinetmakers developed new, highly specific forms of furniture to meet the needs of their patrons. Stands such as this one furnished salons, music rooms, or smaller cabinets where guests gathered for conversation or entertainment.

Provenance
Provenance
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Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, fifth baronet, English, 1896 - 1976 (London, England)

- 1955

Lady Edith Chester Beatty, American, 1890 ? - 1952 and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, American, 1875 - 1968 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1955.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012