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Casket (Carré de toilette)

Unknownabout 1680 - 1690

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The marquetry scene decorating the top of this casket shows the goddess Venus attended by four putti. One brushes her hair, another holds up a mirror, a third ties her sandal, and a fourth offers her a jewel or an earring from a small chest. Around the sides, sleeping putti recline on rocks surrounded by birds and flowering trees.

The decoration reflects the casket's original function, to hold articles for use in a woman's toilette. It would have sat on a dressing table with other boxes of various shapes and sizes, possibly holding such objects as combs, brushes, and ribbons.

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  • Title: Casket (Carré de toilette)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1680 - 1690
  • Location Created: Southern Germany, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 13 x 32.1 x 25.7 cm (5 1/8 x 12 5/8 x 10 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Wood veneered with rosewood, brass, mother-of-pearl, pewter, copper, stained and painted horn; gilt-bronze mounts
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Casket
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.DA.111
  • Markings: Markings: One foot stamped with the crowned "C" for 1745-1749.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S105
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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