Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Cabinet (Meuble à deux corps)

Cabinet (Meuble à deux corps)

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in Paris, France, Europe

c. 1620, with replaced modern pediment

Walnut and oak with marble inlay

7 feet 2 5/8 inches x 43 5/16 x 17 11/16 inches (220 x 110 x 44.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 257, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Purchased with Museum funds from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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The French name for this cabinet means “a piece of furniture with two bodies;” separate cupboards with locking doors are set one above the other. The carvings derive from printed woodcuts, engravings, and etchings. The design and ornament of the cabinet relate to the mid-sixteenth-century decoration of the palace of Fontainebleau, near Paris, which remained influential to later generations of artists.

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