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Cartonnier with Bout de Bureau and Clock
Paris, France (Place created)
cabinet about 1740; clock 1746
Oak and poplar veneered with alder, amaranth, and cherry and painted with vernis Martin; painted bronze figures; gilt-bronze mounts; enameled metal clock dial; glass
192.1 x 103 x 41 cm (75 5/8 x 40 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)
This piece of mid-eighteenth-century furniture was meant to be used like a modern filing cabinet: papers were placed in leather-fronted cardboard boxes (now missing) that were fitted into the open shelves. A large table decorated in the same manner would have been placed in front for working with those papers. Access to the cartonnier's lower half can only be gained by the doors at the sides, because the table would have blocked the front.
The painted black-and-gold decoration is commonly known as