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Cabinet by Jacques Dubois; clock movement by Étienne Le Noir; enamel by Antoine-Nicolas Martinière
French, Paris, about 1744 - 1752
Oak veneered with bois satiné and rosewood; gilt bronze mounts
9 ft. 6 in. x 4 ft. 3 in. x 2 ft. 4 1/2 in.
79.DA.66

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This monumental corner cupboard follows a drawing by the French architect and ornament designer Nicolas Pineau, who was an early exponent of the Rococo style. The cupboard's large scale and exuberant gilt-bronze mounts reflect Eastern European rather than French taste. The cabinet was actually made for a Polish general, Count Jan Klemens Branicki. An inventory of Count Branicki's possessions made at his death describes both the corner cupboard and the objects displayed on its shelves: a collection of mounted Chinese porcelain and clocks, some embellished with porcelain flowers.

The drawing of the corner cupboard, or more probably an engraving of it, must have caught Branicki's attention. Dubois was commissioned through a Warsaw dealer to construct the cabinet for the Polish aristocrat. Drawings and engravings were sources frequently used by foreign patrons and craftsmen to order and copy the latest fashions in French interior design.

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