Cabinet on Stand

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Cabinet on Stand


Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
and medallions after Jean Varin (French, 1596 - 1672)




Paris, France (Place created)


about 1675 - 1680


Oak veneered with pewter, brass, tortoise shell, horn, ebony, ivory, and wood marquetry; bronze mounts; figures of painted and gilded oak; drawers of snakewood


229.9 × 151.2 × 66.7 cm (90 1/2 × 59 1/2 × 26 1/4 in.)

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The decoration on this monumental cabinet refers to the French king Louis XIV's military victories. A panel of marquetry showing the cockerel of France standing triumphant over both the eagle of the Holy Roman Empire and the lion of Spain and the Spanish Netherlands decorates the central door. On the drawer above the door, gilt-bronze military trophies flank a medallion portrait of Louis XIV. In the Dutch Wars of 1672 to 1678, France fought simultaneously against the Dutch, Spanish, and Imperial armies, defeating them all. This cabinet celebrates the Treaty of Nijmegen, which concluded the war. Two large figures from Greek mythology, Hercules and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, representatives of strength and bravery in war, appear to support the cabinet.

The fleurs-de-lis on the top two drawers indicate that the cabinet was made for Louis XIV. As it does not appear in inventories of his possessions, it may have served as a royal gift. The Sun King's portrait appears twice on this work. The bronze medallion above the central door was cast from a medal struck in 1661 that shows the king at the age of twenty-one. Another medallion inside shows him a few years later.

The pair to this cabinet still exists in Scotland. Both cabinets probably entered England in the early nineteenth century after the French Revolution caused the dispersal of so many French collections.

Louis XIV at the Getty (June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Education Resources

Education Resource




The Ultimate Desk

Lesson in which students learn about the Baroque period, work in groups to create a Baroque desk, and reflection on the process in journals

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; Music


Long-Term Unit

Palace Adventure

The Getty's decorative arts collection inspires students' fantasy stories based on the book <i>Corduroy</i>.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts


Long-Term Unit

Looking at French Decorative Arts

Sculpting a Modern Hero

Lesson plan in which students discuss attributes depicted in a sculpture of Herakles and create their own sculptures of modern-day heroes.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; History–Social Science


Three/Five-Part Lesson

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