Object Details




Gilles Joubert (French, 1689 - 1775)




Paris, France (Place created)




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


93.5 × 181 × 68.6 cm (36 13/16 × 71 1/4 × 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.

1769 - after 1785

French Crown, Garde-Meuble de la Couronne (delivered to the chambre à coucher of Louise of France at Versailles in 1769; chambre à coucher of Victoire of France by 1776; in the apartment of Emmanuel-Felicité, duc de Duras and maréchal de France, at Fontainebleau by 1785), probably sold or nationalized during the French Revolution.

before 1879

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

1879 - 1917

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

1917 - 1942

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

1942 - 1947

Edmund (Leopold) de Rothschild, English, 1916 - 2009 (Inchmery House, Exbury, Hampshire, England), sold in 1947 to Edith and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

1947 - 1955

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

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