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Stamped by Joseph Baumhauer
French, Paris, about 1765
Oak veneered with ebony, tulipwood, amaranth and Japanese cedar; kijimaki-e lacquer panels; gilt bronze; yellow jasper top
2 ft. 11 1/4 in. x 3 ft. 11 3/8 in. x 1 ft. 11 1/8 in.
79.DA.58

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The combination of rare and expensive materials used on this cabinet indicates that it was a particularly expensive commission. The four Japanese lacquer panels date from the mid- to late 1600s and were created with a technique known as kijimaki-e. For this type of lacquer, artisans sanded plain wood to heighten its strong grain and used it as the background of each panel. They then added the scenic elements of landscape, plants, and animals in raised lacquer. Although this technique was common in Japan, such large panels were rarely incorporated into French eighteenth-century furniture.

Heavy Ionic pilasters, whose copper-filled flutes give an added rich color and contrast to the gilt-bronze mounts, flank the panels. Yellow jasper, a semiprecious stone, rather than the usual marble, forms the top.

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