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Jewel coffer on stand (petit coffre à bijoux)

Maker:
Coffer attributed to Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Factory:
Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Plaque decoration attributed to Michel-Gabriel Commelin (French, 1746–1802)
Date:
ca. 1775
Culture:
French, Paris and Sèvres
Medium:
Oak veneered with tulipwood, sycamore, holly, and ebonized holly; thirteen soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; velvet (not original)
Dimensions:
37 1/2 × 21 3/4 × 14 1/2 in. (95.3 × 55.2 × 36.8 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
58.75.42
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
Nine nearly identical coffers on stands are known (three in the Museum's collection) that are either stamped or attributed to Marin Carlin. Working in Paris, this successful German cabinet maker specialized in making small and elegant pieces for a fashionable and distinguished clientele. Between 1765 and 1778, Carlin made some eighty pieces of porcelain-mounted furniture.
Inscription: Stamped under left and right aprons: JME
Sir Charles Mills, Baronet ; The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
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