Denis Toupillier1765 - 1770

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

German artist-cabinetmakers settled in Paris: as well as J. F. Oeben, J. H. Riesener, G. Benemann, J. G. Schlichting, J. F. Schwerdfeger, A. Weisweiler, and French “ebenistes” J. F. Leuleu, R. Dubois, E. Levasseur, P. Roussel, Ch. C. Saunier, Ch. Topino, the Jacob brothers, J. L. F. Legry, and D. Toupillier were all leading masters of the age. Their furniture was more ponderous than furniture in the rococo. The ground plan of commodes and cabinets was rectangular; horizontal and vertical articulation was stronger than hitherto and in every case determined the decoration of the surface. The subjects of the coloured inlays are battle trophies, musical instruments, musical notes, and figural depictions. The inlay of the large surfaces is almost invariably geometrical in type. Perhaps the most important type of furniture during this age was the secretaire. This piece by Denis Toupillier has two doors in its lower part; behind its pull-down writing surface there are drawers and compartments. In its upper part, under the marble top, can be found a drawer. It is marked on its back with the stampedin letters D TOUPILLIER JME D TOUPILLIER. Likewise marked gilded and carved consoles by Toupillier can be found in a private collection in Paris.


  • Title: Secrétaire
  • Date Created: 1765 - 1770
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Provenance: Gift of Mr. Bálint Füzéky and Mrs. I. Gömöri in 1987. From the collection of Emil Delmár.
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w98 x h153 x d40 cm (Complete)
  • Marking: Marked on the left of the back, with repeated inscription of 5 mm: JME D TOUPILLIER - JME D TOUPILLIER.
  • Cabinet maker: Denis Toupillier
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, 2013, http://collections.imm.hu/terms-and-conditions
  • External Link: http://collections.imm.hu/gyujtemeny/iroszekreny-secretaire/1584
  • Medium: Rosewood veneered oak, with coloured boxwood, satinwood and kingwood inlays; gilt, embossed leather folding table and white marble top with brown and gray stains. The pulls, key¬hole shields and frame ledges are of gilt bronze.

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