Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker(s):

Gilles Joubert (French, 1689 - 1775)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

1769

Medium:

Oak veneered with kingwood, tulipwood, holly, bloodwood, and ebony; gilt-bronze mounts; sarrancolin marble top

Dimensions:

93.5 x 181 x 68.6 cm (36 13/16 x 71 1/4 x 27 in.)

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Gilles Joubert was eighty years old when he delivered this chest of drawers to the French royal family. It is one of a pair that was made for the Versailles bedroom of Madame Louise, a daughter of Louis XV. The Journal of the royal household's furnishings records its delivery on August 28th, 1769, along with the name of its maker, its dimensions, a detailed description of the piece, and its assigned inventory number, 2556.2, which is boldly inscribed on the back.

The trellis marquetry mounted with gilt-bronze rosettes at the cross-sections is a decorative motif frequently found on Joubert's furniture. The thick gilding, large size, carefully detailed mounts, and heavy marble top all contribute to an overall impression of luxury suitable for a royal owner.

Provenance
1769 - 1770

Made for the chambre à coucher of Louise of France, 1737 - 1787 (Château de Versailles, France), youngest daughter of Louis XV, in 1769.

1776

In the chambre à coucher of Victoire of France (Château de Versailles, France)

1785

Emmanuel-Felicité, duc de Duras, maréchal de France (Château de Fontainebleau, France)

Baron Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1808 - 1879 (Gunnersbury Park, Middlesex, England), by descent to his son, Leopold de Rothschild.

Leopold de Rothschild, 1845 - 1917 (Hamilton Place, London, England), by descent to his son, Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild.

Lionel (Nathan) de Rothschild, 1882 - 1942 (Exbury House, Hampshire, England), by descent to his son, Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild.

- 1947

Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, English, 1916 - 2009 (Inchmery House, Exbury, Hampshire, England), sold in 1947.

- 1955

Edith and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, 1875 - 1968 (London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty Museum, 1955.

Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 173.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 189.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 222.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 103, no. 80.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 222, ill.

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