Second half of the 18th century
Pine, walnut, ebony, tortoise shell, copper, bronze; engraving
The Louis XIV type of medal was very popular in the 18th century, and
then in the 19th century as well. They were ordered by the owners of many
numismatic collections. In 1770-1780, a period of renewed interest in
Boulle, copies were made from these cupboards.
The medals on the Hermitage cupboard are positioned in the shape of suspended
garlands, attached rosette fashion. The medals are interspersed with knotted
bronze bows. The castings on the medals are dedicated to events from French
history. They included medals in honor of the
Treaties of Nijmegen (1697), the siege of Lille by Eugene of Savoy (1708),
the founding of the French colonies in America (1666) etc. It is characteristic
that the castings include an indentation with a medal dedicated to the
founding of Moscow University in 1754.
Acquired in 1931 from the former collection of the Sheremetev Counts.