Dresser (Dressoir or Buffet)

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

c. 1525


57 1/16 x 44 1/2 inches (144.9 x 113 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 254, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

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Purchased with Museum funds from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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The form of this dresser continues a late-medieval type. However, the carved decoration juxtaposes two styles: an older taste with linenfold panels (seen on the bottom) and variously decorated columns topped by fanciful but not yet classicized beasts; and a newer, Italianate taste with heads and ornamental panels in the ancient Roman style.

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