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Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S113
Paris France Sèvres France (Place created)
about 1780 - 1783
Oak veneered with yew burl, mahogany, maple and ebony; drawers of mahogany and juniper, set with 5 soft paste porcelain plaques with pale green pointillé ground, polychrome enamel decoration and gilding gilt- bronze mounts; white marble top
124.1 × 81.9 × 37.1 cm (48 7/8 × 32 1/4 × 14 5/8 in.)
Gift of J. Paul Getty
From the 1750s onwards, the Sèvres
On this work, the porcelain plaques were probably produced before the final position and form of the secrétaire had been determined. The two oval plaques on each side are painted to be viewed horizontally, but they are mounted vertically, with their groups of musical instruments tilted awkwardly on their sides. This orientation suggests that they were not originally intended to be mounted on the same piece of furniture as the three rectangular plaques set on the front.