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Cabinet

Object Details

Title:

Cabinet

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh (French, after 1696 - about 1766, master before 1730)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

mid-1730s

Medium:

White oak veneered with bloodwood, cherry, ferréol, and amaranth; gilt-bronze mounts; brass and iron hardware, lock, and keys; brèche d'Alep top

Object Number:

77.DA.91

Dimensions:

115.9 × 468.6 × 54.6 cm (45 5/8 × 184 1/2 × 21 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

One of the longest pieces of furniture in the whole field of Parisian cabinetmaking during the 1700s, this example is actually made up of three separate cabinets placed end to end and fixed together with bolts. The original purpose of this unique object is not clear. Since the interior contains shelves that can be adjusted to varying heights, the joined cabinets may have been used to store books in addition to drawings, prints, maps, or plans, rolled or flat. Three long drawers with separate locks, possibly used for storing larger sheets, run along the base.

The cabinet is attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh, one of the most important Parisian cabinetmakers of the mid 1700s, based on the style of the gilt-bronze mounts. Some of the mounts are of the same model as those found on other pieces of furniture known to be by this maker.

Provenance
Provenance
before 1838

Nicolas Daval, French, died 1838 (Paris, France)

before 1877 - 1932

Comte Henri Greffulhe, French, 1848 - 1932 (8, rue d'Astorg, Paris, France), by inheritance to his wife, Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, 1932.
Source: Cabinet mentioned on p. 466 of Guellette, Charles. “Les Cabinets d’amateurs à Paris: La Collection de M. H. de Greffulhe: II. Ameublement.” Gazette des Beaux-Arts 15 (1877).

1932 - 1937

Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, Comtesse Greffulhe, French, 1860 - 1952 (Paris, France) [sold, A Selected Portion of the Renowned Collection Formed by the Comte Greffulhe and Sold by Order of the Comtesse Greffulhe [...], Sotheby's, London, July 23, 1937, lot 50, to both Arnold Seligmann and Trevor and Co. for £1,400]

1937 -

Arnold Seligmann & Cie., 1912 - 1946 and Trevor and Co.
Source: Handwritten note in a copy of the auction catalogue in the collection of the Getty Research Institute library.

1950s

David Drey (London, England), sold to Maurice Aveline, 1950s.

1950s

Maurice Aveline, French, (Paris, France), sold to Antenor Patiño, 1950s.

about 1957

Antenor Patiño, Bolivian, 1896 - 1982 (Paris, France), sold to Aveline & Co., about 1957.

1977

Aveline & Co. (Paris, France; Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Getty Museum loan to the Art Institute of Chicago (July 11, 1974 to August 15, 1978)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, July 11, 1974 to August 15, 1978
Bibliography
Bibliography

Guellette, Charles. “Les Cabinets d’amateurs à Paris: La Collection de M. H. de Greffulhe: II. Ameublement.” Gazette des Beaux-Arts 15 (1877), p. 466.

Reitlinger, Gerald. The Economics of Taste. Vol. 2, The Rise and Fall of Objets d'Art Prices since 1750 (New York: Barrie and Rockliff, 1963), p. 426.

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. 110.

Wilson, Gillian. "Acquisitions Made by the Department of Decorative Arts, 1977 to mid 1979." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 6/7 (1978/1979), pp. 37, 39-40, fig. 3.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), p. 106.

Pradère, Alexandre. Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Paris: Chêne, 1989), pp. 184-185, fig. 168.

Pradère, Alexandre. French Furniture Makers: The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989), pp. 184-185, fig. 168.

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

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. 18, no. 11.

Ronfort, Jean-Nérée, Jean-Dominique Augarde, and Brigitte Langer. “Nouveaux aspects de la vie et de l’oeuvre de Bernard (II) Vanrisamburgh (c. 1700-1766).” L’Estampille/L’Objet d’Art 290 (April 1995), p. 45, fig. 20.

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. 8, no. 11.

Cator, Charles, and Alexandre Pradère. "A Connoisseur's Eye: George Byng's Boulle Furniture." Apollo 169, no. 566 (June 2009), p. 61n16.

Pradère, Alexandre. "Lerouge, Le Brun, Bonnemaison : le rôle des marchands de tableaux dans le commerce du mobilier Boulle, de la Révolution à la Restauration." Revue de l'Art 184, no. 2 (June 2014), p. 59n3.

Wilson, Gillian, and Arlen Heginbotham. French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021), introduction, no. 1, ill., entry by Gillian Wilson; under nos. 2, 5.