Object Details




Attributed to the Workshop of André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
and restored in the 1740s by Charles-Michel Cochois (French, died 1764, master 1734)




Paris, France (Place created)


about 1710 - 1715


Oak and fir veneered with amaranth, bloodwood, and wamara; gilt-bronze mounts; "brocatelle violette du Jura" marble top


85.7 × 131.4 × 58.4 cm (33 3/4 × 51 3/4 × 23 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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This small, solidly constructed chest of drawers is known as a commode, literally meaning "convenient" in French. Commodes first appeared at the end of the 1600s, replacing large chests for storage. With interiors divided by drawers, the commode provided a better distribution of interior space in a more elegant and accessible form than the earlier large chests. The commode became a very fashionable form of furniture during the 1700s.

In addition to its three drawers (a long one on top and two smaller ones below), this commode contains several other, less obvious storage places. The large, central gilt bronze mount is attached to the front of a narrow drawer, and the two lower drawers each have a deep base that was once hidden by a false bottom. The swelled concave and convex form is fairly typical for the early 1700s. The heavy form and massive sculptural mounts on this piece are typical of the workmanship of André-Charles Boulle, one of the most famous Parisian ébénistes in the early 1700s.

1840s or 1850s

Possibly Henry Peter, 1st Lord Brougham, 1778 - 1868 (Cannes, France)

after 1868

Possibly William, 2nd Lord Brougham, died 1886 (England)

after 1886

Possibly Hon. Wilfred Brougham (England)

after 1904

Maria Sophia Faunce (Mrs. Wilfred Brougham) (England)

- 1938

J.M. Botibol (London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1938.

1938 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.