Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Toilet casket

Wood veneered with marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass, rosewood; gilt bronze, steel
Overall (confirmed): 5 1/16 x 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (12.9 x 34.6 x 26 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 545
Known in French as a carré de toilette, this casket has canted corners and is richly decorated with boulle marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass (première partie). Named for André-Charles Boulle (1642–1732), cabinetmaker to Louis XIV, who excelled in this technique, the marquetry features strap- and scrollwork interspersed with animals, birds, and a few human figures reminiscent of designs by Jean Bérain (1640–1711). Similar caskets are depicted in Jean-Marc Nattier’s portrait Madame Marsollier and Her Daughter (1749).
[ François Léage , Paris, until 2011; sold to MMA ]
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