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Jewel coffer on stand (petit coffre à bijoux)

Maker:
Attributed to Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Maker:
Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
ca. 1775
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Oak veneered with tulipwood, sycamore, holly, and ebonized holly; gilt bronze, soft-paste porcelain, velvet (not original)
Dimensions:
37 5/8 x 22 x 14 1/2 in. (95.6 x 55.9 x 36.8cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.155.109
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529
Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793) received a jewel coffer on stand by Martin Carlin in 1770, the year of her marriage to the future Louis XVI (1754–1793), which was probably the prototype of the eight other examples known. Madame Du Barry (1743–1793) ordered one the same year, and others were in the possession of Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, prince de Condé (1736–1818), and Marie Louise Josephine de Savoie, comtesse de Provence (1753–1810). One of the few coffers with blue borders belonged tot he Louise-Jeanne de Durfort de Duras, duchesse de Mazarin (1735–1781), which was sold after her death.
Marking: Painted on underside of oval plaque: Crossed L's enclosing V (Sèvres factory mark and date letter for 1774)
Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry , Montagu House, London (before 1919) ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)
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