The J. Paul Getty Museum

Commode

Object Details

Title:

Commode

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz (French, about 1691 - 1754)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1745–1749

Medium:

White oak and poplar veneered with bloodwood; drawers of white oak and walnut; brass and iron locks; gilt-bronze mounts; fleur de pêcher marble top

Object Number:

83.DA.356

Dimensions:

87.6 × 151.5 × 65.1 cm (34 1/2 × 59 5/8 × 25 5/8 in.)

See more

See less

Object Description

Graceful shapes and curves characterize the sophisticated design of this commode. It has bombé front and sides, a distinctive wave-like patterned decorative veneer, and gilt-bronze mounts in the form of leafy scrolls and foliated vines. It houses two drawers, each with two handles that are cleverly incorporated into the vine-like forms of the mounts.

Although this commode is not stamped with a cabinetmaker’s name, it is attributed to Jean-Pierre Latz because his stamp is found on another commode of the same design. Latz was an expert marquetry craftsman and the technical quality of his marquetry is consistently high. The strongly grained veneer on this commode is particularly difficult to achieve. It is formed by cutting through a log at a sharp angle so that the pattern of the wood grain is elongated. The separate pieces are then arranged side by side in alternating directions in order to create the wave-like design.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1876

Anthony Nathan de Rothschild, 1st Bart., English, 1810 - 1876 (England), by inheritance to his daughter, Annie Henriette de Rothschild, 1876.

1876 - 1926

Annie Henriette de Rothschild, English, 1844 - 1926 (England), upon her death, held in trust by the estate, 1926.

1926 - 1927

Estate of Annie Henriette de Rothschild, English, 1844 - 1926 [sold, Old French Furniture, Objects of Art, Porcelain and Tapestry, Christie's, London, May 5, 1927, lot 138, for 980 guineas to S. Founés]

1927 -

S. Founés
Source: Receipt of sale in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

-

Mme Duselschon (Château de Coudira, Prégny, Switzerland)
Source: Correspondence with Maurice Segoura, November 9, 1983.

-

Mme Rouvière (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Source: Correspondence with Maurice Segoura, November 9, 1983.

- 1983

Maurice Segoura, Inc. (Paris), founded 1957, dissolved 2006 (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian, Adrian Sassoon, and Charissa Bremer-David. "Acquisitions Made by the Department of Decorative Arts in 1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), pp. 197-98, no. 7, figs. 17a-b.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 159.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 2nd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), p. 159.

Pradère, Alexandre. Les ébénistes français de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Paris: Chêne, 1989), p. 160, fig. 136.

Pradère, Alexandre. French Furniture Makers: The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989), p. 160, fig. 136.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 177.

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. 26, no. 27.

Ramond, Pierre. Chefs-d'oeuvre des marqueteurs. Vol. 2, De la Régence à nos jours (Dourdan: Éditions H. Vial, 1996), p. 109, ill.

Gonzàlez-Palacios, Alvar. Gli arredi francesi (Milan: Electa, 1996), p. 111.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 206, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 81, no. 61.

Ramond, Pierre. Masterpieces of Marquetry. Vol. 2, From the Régence to the Present Day (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), p. 109, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 206, 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. 15, no. 27.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 235, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), p. 280, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Arlen Heginbotham. French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2021), introduction, no. 16, ill., entry by Gillian Wilson; under nos. 15, 17.