Corner Cupboard

Object Details

Title:

Corner Cupboard

Artist/Maker:

Cabinet by Jacques Dubois (French, 1694 - 1763, master 1742)
clock movement by Étienne Le Noir II (French, 1699 - 1778, master 1717)
clock dial enameled by Antoine-Nicolas Martinière (French, 1706 - 1784, master 1720)
design for the cabinet attributed to Nicolas Pineau (French, 1684 - 1754)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

1744 to 1755

Medium:

Oak, mahogany, and spruce veneered with bloodwood, tulipwood, wamara, and kingwood; gilt-bronze mounts; enameled metal clock dial; glass

Dimensions:

289.5 × 129.5 × 72.4 cm (114 × 51 × 28 1/2 in.)

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This monumental corner cupboard follows a drawing by the French architect and ornament designer Nicolas Pineau, who was an early exponent of the Rococo style. The cupboard's large scale and exuberant gilt-bronze mounts reflect Eastern European rather than French taste. The cabinet was actually made for a Polish general, Count Jan Klemens Branicki. An inventory of Count Branicki's possessions made at his death describes both the corner cupboard and the objects displayed on its shelves: a collection of mounted Chinese porcelain and clocks, some embellished with porcelain flowers.

The drawing of the corner cupboard, or more probably an engraving of it, must have caught Branicki's attention. Dubois was commissioned through a Warsaw dealer to construct the cabinet for the Polish aristocrat. Drawings and engravings were sources frequently used by foreign patrons and craftsmen to order and copy the latest fashions in French interior design.

Exhibitions
The Corner Cupboard by Dubois: A Closer Look (March 10, 1992 to April 27, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 10, 1992 to April 27, 1983
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