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image of Chest of Drawers (commode) Joseph Baumhauer (cabinetmaker)
German, active c. 1749 - 1772
Chest of Drawers (commode), probably between 1767 and 1772 but possibly a decade earlier
oak veneered with tulipwood, kingwood, casuarina, and purplewood; gilded bronze mounts; breccia marble top
overall: 84 x 124.5 x 57 cm (33 1/16 x 49 x 22 7/16 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Production of French Decorative Arts in the 1700s
Object 3 of 5


Originally with (Darnault, Paris).[1] Dukes of Leeds, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, by at least 1800;[2] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 June 1901, no. 100); Charles Wertheimer [d. 1911], London;[3] acquired 15 May 1909 by Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] The trade card indicates that this chest of drawers was originally sold from Darnault's shop, under the sign of Au Roy d'Espagne, in the rue de la Monnaie, close by the Mint and the Pont Neuf in Paris.

[2] The 1901 sale catalogue mentions that this object and NGA 1942.9.411 were listed as a pair in an 1800 inventory of Hornby Castle.

[3] This chest of drawers was sold with NGA 1942.9.411. The two were purchased for 15,000 guineas, a price that stood as a record for French furniture sold at public auction for over half a century.

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