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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S103
Cabinet (Cabinet des Médailles)
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1710 - 1715
Oak and fir veneered with ebony, amaranth, kingwood, brass, and tortoise shell, gilt-bronze mounts; sarrancolin des Pyrénées marble top
82.6 x 140.3 x 72.4 cm (32 1/2 x 55 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)
This cabinet originally contained twenty-four shallow drawers intended to hold coins or medals. One of a pair, its companion in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, still retains its original interior fittings. At some point, the cabinet's entire interior was removed and converted into a cigar humidor.
An inventory taken in 1767 on the death of the son of Robert de Cotte, Premier Architecte to
Apart from the masks in the center of the doors and the lions' heads on the sides, which are later replacements, all the mounts are unique to the pair. The gilt-bronze