Justly described in the Art Fund's Annual Report for 1979 as of 'unrivalled quality', this marquetry panel possibly once served as a table top, and is the finest known work attributed to the distinguished French cabinet maker, André-Charles Boulle.
Still-life marquetry panel incorporated into 'The Warwick Cabinet' by Andre-Charles Boulle, 16801770
© The Bowes Museum
- Mozambique ebony & various wood
- 183 x 140 x 54 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,700 ( Total: £63,350; Tax remission; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
- Mrs A C Hardy
Around 1770 it was incorporated into a cabinet, possibly by the firm of William Ince and John Mayhew, which may have been made specifically to display this panel. The cabinet is first recorded at Warwick Castle in 1810-11 and was sold from there in the 1960s. In 1979 it was due to be exported to the Getty Museum when its export license was deferred, allowing a museum in Britain to raise the funding. The combination of French and English workmanship made it a natural choice of acquisition for the Bowes Museum in County Durham, created by the Francophile John Bowes (1811-85) and his French wife, Joséphine (1825-74), and designed to resemble a French château.
The Earls of Warwick, Warwick Castle; Mrs A C Hardy.