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Joseph Baumhauer (French, died 1772), Commode, tulipwood and kingwood veneer, kingwood marquetry, gilded bronze mounts, marble top, about 1767–72, possibly a decade earlier.  Gallery 28B

Joseph Baumhauer (French, died 1772), Commode, tulipwood and kingwood veneer, kingwood marquetry, gilded bronze mounts, marble top, about 1767–72, possibly a decade earlier. Gallery 28B

Joseph Baumhauer, a German-born cabinetmaker working in France, was known simply as Joseph to his French compatriots for the ease of pronouncing his name. Much of Baumhauer’s work was commissioned for dealers who specialized in luxury furniture. He was made a marchand-ébéniste privilégié du roi, a cabinetmaker and dealer to King Louis XV, around 1749. The ornate commode in TMA’s collection was probably designed as a companion to a nearly identical one in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C.


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