Unknownabout 1720 - 1725

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A strong geometric pattern of diamonds, ovals, and rectangular shapes emerges from the use of contrasting colors of olive and rosewood in this simple, restrained parquetry veneer. This armoire's refined and elegant form and decoration, unadorned by gilt-bronze mounts, presents a more subdued, less lavish appearance than furniture made for the French court.

This cupboard would have been used in the more intimate private quarters of a Parisian townhouse, rather than in the public rooms. Probably placed in a bedroom or study, its interior shelves and drawers would have stored small articles of clothing, papers, or books.

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  • Title: Armoire
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1720 - 1725
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 175.9 x 97.5 x 43.8 cm (69 1/4 x 38 3/8 x 17 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oak, Scots pine, beech, and chestnut veneered with rosewood, olive, yew and cherry
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Furniture
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DA.852
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts