Table

Object Details

Title:

Table

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1680 - 1690

Medium:

Oak, spruce, alder, and mahogany veneered with brass, pewter, tortoiseshell, bone, horn, ivory, ebony, and stained and natural woods; brass, bronze, and gilt-bronze mounts

Dimensions:

81.9 × 116.5 × 66 cm (32 1/4 × 45 7/8 × 26 in.)

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Because the recessed top of this table is removable, the table may also have been used as a stand for a cabinet. With naturalistic flowers and birds, the table's wood marquetry is of extremely high quality and was probably made by the royal cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle. The table's design and the combination of marquetry made of wood and marquetry in tortoiseshell, pewter, brass, and ebony point to Boulle's particular specialties. The design of the table's border is the same as that on two jewel coffers made by Boulle, also in the Getty Museum.

Provenance
1920s

Bernheimer Fine Arts Ltd. (Munich, Germany)

- 1931

Graf Adolf Friedrich von Arnim-Muskau, German, 1875 - 1931 (Schloss Muskau, Saxony)

1931 - 1983

Graf Hermann von Arnim, German, 1903 - 1997 (Schloss Muskau, Saxony), taken to Munich, 1945; sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
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
Bibliography

Hermann, Graf von Arnim and Willi Boelcke. Muskau: Standesherrschaft zwischen Spree und Neiße (Berlin: Verlag Ullstein, 1978), p. 27.

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 261, no. 2.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 26, no. 55.

Pradère, Alexandre. Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Paris: Chêne, 1989), pp. 99, 108, no. 302, fig. 56.

Pradère, Alexandre. French Furniture Makers: The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989), p. 108, no. 302, p. 99, fig. 56.

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), p. 47, no. 59.

Ramond, Pierre. Chefs d'oeuvre des marqueteurs. Vol. 1, Des origines à Louis XIV (Dourdan: Éditions H. Vial, 1994), pp. 96-101.

Thornton, Peter. Form and Decoration: Innovation in the Decorative Arts, 1470-1870 (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998), pp. 121, 135, pl. 253.

Ramond, Pierre. Masterpieces of Marquetry. Vol. 1, From the Beginnings to Louis XIV (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pp. 96-101.

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. 33, no. 56.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 128-35, no. 11.