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Pair of Pedestals
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
Fir, oak and walnut veneered with ebony, dyed fruit wood (probably pear) brass and tortoise shell; gilt bronze mounts
These two octagonal pedestals have cupboard doors that open on one side to reveal hollow interiors. They were designed to display sculptures; from an auction catalogue of 1788, scholars know they have supported the same bronze figure groups that they support today. They would have stood in a formal reception room or
André-Charles Boulle, the man who perfected the distinctive technique of
"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989), pp. 140-41, no. 68.
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. 226-35, no. 22.
Droth, Martina, and Penelope Curtis, eds. Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (Leeds, Henry Moore Foundation; Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), pp. 26-34, no. 3, pp. 13, 14, p. 169.