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Creator Name: Oeben, Jean-François
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1721-1763
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-François Oeben
Creator Name: Lacroix, Roger Vandercruse
Creator Dates/Places: 1728-1799; master 1755
Creator Name-CRT: and Roger Vandercruse Lacroix
Title: Writing Table
Title Type: Object name
View: Alternate View
Creation Start Date: 1761
Creation End Date: 1763
Creation Date: 18th century (ca. 1761-63)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Woodwork-Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Oak with mahogany, king and tulipwood veneer; rosewood, holly etc. marquetry; gilt-bronze mounts
Dimensions: H. 27 1/2 in. (69.8 cm), W. 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm), D. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1982.60.61
Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Long recognized as one of Jean-François Oeben's masterpieces, this table (ca. 1761-63) was made for his frequent and most important client, Madame de Pompadour. The main charge of her coat of arms, a tower, appears at the top of the gilt-bronze mount at each corner. The marquetry of the top-one of the finest panels in all of Oeben's furniture-was designed to reflect her interests in the arts and depicts a vase of flowers as well as trophies emblematic of architecture, painting, music, and gardening. The table, completed after Oeben's death by his brother-in-law Roger Vandercruse, demonstrates Oeben's talents, not only as a creator of beautiful furniture but also as a mechanic: an elaborate mechanism allows the top to slide back at the same time as the larger drawer moves forward, thereby doubling the surface area.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1982.60.61
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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