Furniture and Antique


Joseph Baumhauer
 ? - Paris, 1772

Around 1730, osewood and amaranth, gilt bronze, onyx marble, 92 x 169 x 57 cm

Joseph Baumhauer was one of many foreign craftsmen/cabinetmakers who settled in Paris when the city became the worldwide centre for the creation of furniture. From the beginning of the 18th century, Parisian master cabinetmakers hallmarked their furniture with a stamp, which enabled their work to be recognised. As it happens, the chest of drawers in the Jacquemart-André collection does not bear one, but it is so characteristic, with its scribed shapes, its rich and varied marquetry and its exuberant bronze, that it can only be from Baumhauer. Furthermore, it has been recognised for many years by all the historians of French furniture as one of the best examples of the Louis XV style. Its presence in the Hôtel Jacquemart-André entails a revision of all the collection, which confirms that the furniture collection is worth just as much as the painting collection.

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