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Casket (Carré de toilette)

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Casket (Carré de toilette)






Southern Germany, Germany (Place Created)


about 1680–1690


Wood veneered with rosewood, brass, mother-of-pearl, pewter, copper, stained and painted horn; gilt-bronze mounts

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13 × 32.1 × 25.7 cm (5 1/8 × 12 5/8 × 10 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

The marquetry scene decorating the top of this casket shows the goddess Venus attended by four putti. One brushes her hair, another holds up a mirror, a third ties her sandal, and a fourth offers her a jewel or an earring from a small chest. Around the sides, sleeping putti recline on rocks surrounded by birds and flowering trees.

The decoration reflects the casket's original function, to hold articles for use in a woman's toilette. It would have sat on a dressing table with other boxes of various shapes and sizes, possibly holding such objects as combs, brushes, and ribbons.

- 1882

William Alexander Louis Stephen Douglas-Hamilton, twelfth duke of Hamilton and ninth duke of Brandon, English, 1845 - 1895 (Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire, Scotland) [sold, The Hamilton Palace Collection, Christies, London, July 20, 1882, lot 2185, to William King for £242, 10s.]

- 1885

Christopher Beckett-Denison, English, 1825 - 1884 [sold, Pictures, Works of Art, and Decorative Objects of Christopher Beckett Denison, Esq., Christie's, London, June 11, 1885, lot 685.]

by 1958 - 1962

Arturo López-Willshaw, Chilean, 1901 - 1962, by inheritance to his wife, Patricia Lopez-Willshaw, 1962.
Source: Illustrated in Faniel, Stéphane, and Pierre Levallois, Le dix-septième siècle français (Paris: Hachette, 1958), p. 206.

1962 - 1976

Patricia López-Willshaw, Chilean, 1912 - 2010 [sold, Orfevrerie, objets d'art et bel ameublement, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Monaco, June 23-24, 1976, lot 21, sold to British Railway Pension Trustee Company, Ltd.]

1976 - 1988

British Rail Pension Trustee Company, Ltd., sold through Lexbourne Ltd. to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012

Faniel, Stéphane, and Pierre Levallois. Le dix-septième siècle français (Paris: Hachette, 1958), p. 206, ill.

"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989), p. 145, no. 81.

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. 227, no. 394.

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. 197, no. 393.

Harwood, Buie, Bridget May, and Curt Sherman. Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002), p. 392, no. 23-12, pl. 56.

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. 14-21, no. 2.

Bremer-David, Charissa, ed. Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 59, 61, 123, figs. 42a-b, no. 44.

Kwiatkowska, Anna. The Toilet of Queen Maria Kazimiera, The Wilanów Collection. 200 Years of Wilanów Museum. (Warsaw: Wilanów Palace Musem, 2013), pp. 119-120.