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Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, Unidentified "DF"

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

portions of carcass and gilt-bronze mounts about 1735; finished carcass and veneer late 19th or 20th century

Medium:

White oak, maple and fir veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, amaranth and other unidentified woods; gilt-bronze mounts; brass and iron lock; brèche d'Alep top

Object Number:

76.DA.15

Dimensions:

87 × 154.9 × 63.5 cm (34 1/4 × 61 × 25 in.)

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Object Description

Technical analysis indicates that while some elements of this commode’s carcass and the majority of the gilt-bronze mounts are original to the 1700s, much of it has been significantly altered. The current appearance of the commode must be the result of one or more restoration campaigns with the piece being completely re-veneered in the late 1800s or at some point during the 1900s.

Provenance
Provenance
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Mrs. S. Shrigley-Feigl (Cragg Hall, Wray, Lancaster, England), sold to Alexander & Berendt Ltd.
Source: Invoice from Alexander & Berendt Ltd., May 13, 1976, in the files of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Sculpture and Decorative Art.

- 1976

Alexander & Berendt Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Getty Museum loan to the New Orleans Museum of Art (July 30 to December 14, 1976)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans), July 30 to December 14, 1976
Bibliography
Bibliography

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed. Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 108.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), pp. 102-3.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 12, no. 25.

Gruber, Alain, ed. L'art décoratif en Europe. Vol. 2, Classique et Baroque (Paris: Citadelles & Mazenod, 1992), p. 377, ill.

Demetrescu, Calin. “D.F. un ébéniste identifié.” L’Estampille/L’Objet d’Art 262 (October 1992), p. 67, fig. 7.

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. 25, no. 25.

Gruber, Alain, ed. History of Decorative Arts. Vol. 2, Classicism and the Baroque in Europe (New York: Abbeville Press, 1996), p. 377, ill.

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. 14, no. 25.

Wilson, Gillian, and Arlen Heginbotham. French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021), introduction, no. 20, ill., entry by Gillian Wilson.