Artist Etienne Levasseur, French, 1721-1798
  • Cabinet
Date ca. 1785
Medium Lacquered wood, ormolu and marble
Dimensions Overall: 37 3/8 × 47 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches (94.9 × 120.7 × 47 cm)
Overall (cabinet): 36 1/8 × 46 5/8 × 17 1/2 inches (91.8 × 118.4 × 44.5 cm)
Overall (marble top): 1 1/8 × 47 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches (2.9 × 120.7 × 47 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Mrs. Horace E. Dodge in memory of her husband
Accession Number 71.204
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Fashionable Living: S330.7, Level 3 (see map)
Marks Stamp, on each rear corner of the top: E. Levasseur [accompanied by the JME guild mark]
Painted, in red on the upper back rail, at right: NO 3.-962
Painted, in black, on the central back panel: CEBD [in Cyrillic script over the number] 1836 [crossed-out in red] 1926 [also crossed out in red]
Marks, in blue wax crayon, on the top: 238 2 W/2. [in pencil]
Paper label, attached to the lower front rail, in ink: N 2002
Marks, on underside of the marble top, in blue crayon: VN 2002
Marks, on the upper rail of the back: KP. KOO
Marks, on round paper label with scalloped edges, on the upper rail of the back, printed in purple: REICHSFINANZ VERWALTUNG [letters strung together and encircling an eagle]
Label: Chenue [Parisian packing and shipping firm] [circular French customs stamps]
Label, under marbel top [possibly on 71.203 or 71.204]: Pottier [Parisian shipping firm]
Stamps, twice at back, on marble top: E Levasseur JME
Russian Imperial Collection (Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia);
June 5, 1929, sold by the government of the Soviet Union (USSR) at auction (Lepke's, Berlin, Germany) lots 211 and 212;
(Founès, Paris, France);
1931, acquired through (L. Alavoine, New York, New York, USA) by Anna Thomson Dodge [Mrs. Horace E. Dodge] (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA);
1931-1971, Anna Thomson Dodge [Mrs. Horace E. Dodge] (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA);
1971-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Sales cat., Lepke's. Berlin, June 4-5, 1929, lots 211 and 212.

Winokur, Ronald L. "The Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Collection." Bulletin of the DIA 50, no. 3 (1971): pp. 43-51.

"La chronique des arts." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 79, January 1972, supplement, p. 93, (fig. 328).

Darr, Alan Phipps. European Decorative Arts from Royal Collections. Exh. cat., University Liggett School. Grosse Pointe, 1981, p. 26 (fig. 010) (ill.).

Dell, T. et al. The Dodge Collection of Eighteenth-Century French and English Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York and Detroit, 1996, no. 16, pp. 82-86, (ill.) pp. 84-85.