Cabinet

Object Details

Title:

Cabinet

Artist/Maker:

Joseph Baumhauer (French, died 1772)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1765

Medium:

Oak veneered with ebony, tulipwood, maple, Japanese cedar, and amaranth; set with panels of seventeenth-century Japanese lacquer; gilt-bronze mounts; jasper top

Object Number:

79.DA.58

Dimensions:

89.6 × 120.3 × 58.7 cm (35 1/4 × 47 3/8 × 23 1/8 in.)

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The combination of rare and expensive materials used on this cabinet indicates that it was a particularly expensive commission. The four Japanese lacquer panels date from the mid- to late 1600s and were created with a technique known as kijimaki-e. For this type of lacquer, artisans sanded plain wood to heighten its strong grain and used it as the background of each panel. They then added the scenic elements of landscape, plants, and animals in raised lacquer. Although this technique was common in Japan, such large panels were rarely incorporated into French eighteenth-century furniture.

Heavy Ionic pilasters, whose copper-filled flutes give an added rich color and contrast to the gilt-bronze mounts, flank the panels. Yellow jasper, a semiprecious stone, rather than the usual marble, forms the top.

Provenance
1930 - 1939

Kraemer et Cie, French, founded 1875 (Paris, France)
Source: Note dated June 1983, and correspondence with Kraemer et Cie, August 28, 2000, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Private Collection (Brussels, Belgium)
Source: Correspondence with Didier Aaron, November 19, 1979, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Lucien Delplace et Fils (Brussels, Belgium), sold to Claude Lévy, s.a.
Source: Correspondence with Didier Aaron, September 8, 2000, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Claude Lévy, s.a. (42 rue de Varenne, Paris, France), sold to Didier Aaron & Cie.
Source: Correspondence with Didier Aaron, September 8, 2000, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

about 1976

Didier Aaron & Cie (Paris, France), sold to a private dealer.
Source: Correspondence with Didier Aaron, September 8, 2000, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Private Dealer, sold to Alexander & Berendt Ltd.
Source: Correspondence with Didier Aaron, November 19, 1979, in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

- 1979

Alexander & Berendt Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian. "Acquisitions Made by the Department of Decorative Arts, 1979 to mid 1980." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 8 (1980), pp. 6-7, no. 4, figs. 10-12.

Wilson, Gillian. Selections from the Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), pp. 68-69, no. 34.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 7, no. 13.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 171.

Augarde, Jean-Dominique. "1749 Joseph Baumhauer: ébéniste privilégié du roi." L'Estampille 204 (June 1987), pp. 32-34, figs. 26, 28.

Kjellberg, Pierre. Le Mobilier français du XVIIIe siècle: Dictionnaire des ébénistes et des menuisiers (Paris: Éditions de l'Amateur, 1989), p. 450.

Pradère, Alexandre. Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Paris: Chêne, 1989), p. 244, no. 16.

Pradère, Alexandre. French Furniture Makers: The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989), p. 244, no. 16.

Pradère, Alexandre. “Quand le Getty vise juste.” Connaisance des Arts 449/450 (July/August 1989), p. 115, fig. 8.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), pp. 186-87.

Whitehead, John. The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century (London: Laurence King, 1992), p. 62, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), pp. 19-20, no. 13.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 219.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 102, no. 79.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 9, no. 13.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 219.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 252.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 292.

Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Fusing Furniture and Asian Art

Students learn how French artists used imported lacquer panels in furniture, and create their own Asian-inspired lacquer panel design.

Visual Arts; History–Social Science

6-8

Three/Five-Part Lesson