Decoration after drawings by Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, Paris, France / Coin Cabinet / 19th century (ca. 1805)Decoration after drawings by Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, Paris, France
Coin Cabinet
19th century (ca. 1805)

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Creator Name: Vivant-Denon, Dominique
Creator Role: Decoration after
Creator Dates/Places: 1747-1825
Creator Name-CRT: Decoration after drawings by Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, Paris, France
Creator Name: Percier, Charles
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1764-1838
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Charles Percier
Creator Name: Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges
Creator Qualifier: probably by
Creator Dates/Places: 1770-1841
Creator Name-CRT: Probably by François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter
Creator Name: Biennais, Martin-Guillaume
Creator Role: Mountmaker
Creator Dates/Places: 1764-1843, retired 1819
Creator Name-CRT: Silver mounts by Martin-Guillaume Biennais
Title: Coin Cabinet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1803
Creation End Date: 1807
Creation Date: 19th century (ca. 1805)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Woodwork-Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Mahogany, silver
Dimensions: H. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm), W. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm), D. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.168.77
Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900

Dominique Vivant-Denon was director of the mint and of the Musée Napoleon (now the Musée du Louvre) as well as a collector and an arbiter of taste during the Napoleonic period. He accompanied the Egyptian campaign of 1798-99 as a draftsman and published his drawings as Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (1802). The pylon at Ghoos, in Upper Egypt, served as the model for the top section of this medal cabinet, which was intended for Napoleon but remained in Denon's possession. The front and back panels are inlaid with a silver scarab flanked by uraei (sacred serpents) on lotus stalks. There are twenty-two drawers on each side of the cabinet, all inlaid with a silver bee. One wing is hinged to provide a pull.

AMICA ID: MMA_.26.168.77
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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