Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz (French, about 1691 - 1754)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1745 - 1749

Medium:

Oak and poplar veneered with bloodwood; walnut drawers; gilt-bronze mounts; fleur de pêcher marble top

Dimensions:

87.6 x 151.5 x 65.1 cm (34 1/2 x 59 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

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The "wave pattern" of the wood veneer echoes the curving lines of the gilt-bronze mounts on this commode. In this extremely difficult process, veneers were cut at an angle through a piece of wood to produce ovals and then carefully placed so that the wood grain formed waving lines.

Although the commode is not stamped with a cabinetmaker's name, scholars are certain that it was made by Jean-Pierre Latz because his stamp was found on a commode of the same design in the Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. That commode was part of a group of furniture that the French princess Louise-Elisabeth, elder daughter of Louis XV, brought with her when she and her husband, Don Philippe de Bourbon, came to Italy to rule Parma and Piacenza.

Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 159.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 177.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 206.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 81, no. 61.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 206.

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