Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Alphonse Giroux & Cie., Paris
ca. 1860
Wood veneered with parquetry of tulipwood and kingwood, gilt bronze, modern silk lining trimmed with metal thread
Overall (confirmed): 7 3/4 × 15 × 9 in. (19.7 × 38.1 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Displaying star-shaped parquetry and gilt-bronze mounts, this elegant coffer harks back to eighteenth-century traditions. The firm established by Alphonse Giroux (1775/76–1848)—a tabletier, or dealer in luxury goods—was known for its high-quality objects such as glove boxes, caskets for weddings and baptisms, gifts for the New Year, and small pieces of furniture in a variety of styles. In the tradition of eighteenth-century marchands merciers, Giroux and his sons probably did not make any of the offered wares themselves but commissioned them from a variety of artists.
Inscription: Engraved on brass plate: Alph. Giroux & Cie. à Paris
Unknown Collector , Asheville, North Carolina (sold to Clinton Howell) ; [ Clinton Howell Antiques , New York, until 2010; sold to MMA ]
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