Pair of Corner Cupboards

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Corner Cupboards

Artist/Maker(s):

Carcass and mounts attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz (French, about 1691 - 1754)

Marquetry panels attributed to the Workshop of Jean-François Oeben (French, born Germany, 1721 - 1763, master 1761)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1750 - 1755

Medium:

Oak veneered with amaranth, stained sycamore, boxwood, and rosewood; gilt-bronze mounts; breche d'Alep top

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An ébénisteused various brilliantly colored exotic woods and stained native woods to create the floral marquetry on the doors of these corner cupboards. Ébénistes specializing in this type of work, such as Jean-François Oeben, sometimes sold such panels already made and ready to be glued onto a piece of furniture.

Oeben used the grain of the wood to create the effect of movement in a leaf or a petal. Tulips, carnations, roses, lilies, and daffodils are recognizable in his naturalistic bouquets. Elaborate gilt bronze mounts of interlaced flowers and branches, designed by a specialized sculptor and made by a bronze caster, set off the marquetry panels.

Related Works
Provenance
1917

Laurence Currie (London, England)

1936

Private Collection (Berlin, Germany) [sold, Hugo Helbing Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, June 23, 1936, nos. 260-261]

1938

Private Collection (Germany) [sold, Lempertz Gallery, Cologne, March 11, 1938, no. 217]

1955

Private Collection (New York City, New York) [sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, October 21-22, 1955, lot 358]

Dalva Brothers, Inc. (New York City, New York)

Philip R. Consolo (Miami, Florida)

Possibly Private Collection (California)

1966 - 1972

Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., English, founded 1902 (London, England)

1972

French and Company, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

Exhibitions
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (4)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012