Box

Object Details

Title:

Box

Artist/Maker(s):

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

and perhaps Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1675 - 1680

Medium:

White oak veneered with amaranth, barberry, bloodwood, natural and stained boxwood, cedar, cherry, holly, green-stained hornbeam, mahogany, padouk, natural and stained maple, walnut, yew, and an unidentified wood; horn and pewter; fittings of steel

Dimensions:

41.9 x 66 x 43.2 cm (16 1/2 x 26 x 17 in.)

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This box would have provided a useful and decorative storage place in a formal bedroom. Its shape and size copy Japanese lacquered boxes that were being imported into Europe at this time.

Scholars believe that it was probably made in the workshop of André-Charles Boulle, a craftsman known for his elaborate marquetry designs in exotic wood or tortoiseshell and brass. The flowers and birds that decorate the surface of this chest are similar to those that appear on other works by Boulle in the Getty Museum's collection.

Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 175, no. 46.

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. 12, no. 3.

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. 2, no. 3.

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. 8-13, no. 1.