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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

Display cabinet

Saverne, 1862 – Strasbourg 1932
Walnut, metal, glass and ceramic
209 x 218 x 163 cm

This “display cabinet for objets d’art” was commissioned from Carabin in 1893 by the City of Paris and exhibited in 1895 at the National Fine Art Society Salon. Carabin celebrates the “applied arts” in this piece.

Two nude female figures symbolising Soft wood and Hard Wood support the projecting horizontal, glazed display case. The figure of Ceramics is carved on one of the side panels above a niche in which Clay sleeps, and on the other side are Metal, still buried in the depths of the earth and Flame, whose hair is standing up like a “blazing plume”. On the rear of the piece is an allegory of Stone, holding a hammer and chisel in its hands.
Carabin depicted himself in the form of a grimacing mask trying to spy on the beauties on the front of the piece, echoing the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders.

The display cabinet sums up all of Carabin’s design ideas as a cabinetmaker. It is made of solid walnut, a wood which he favoured for its density, strength and fine grain. As an advocate of a return to craftsmanship, Carabin promoted the use of indigenous woods in preference to exotic woods, lambasted “that appalling contemporary rubbish known as veneer” and criticised Art Nouveau artists who “gave their matter to form rather than form to matter”. The theme of the caryatid, symbolising the fantasies and fears of the 1900s, is found throughout Carabin’s work and sums it up. He almost obsessively used as his model a woman with a bun high on her head which he did not hesitate to extend, bend or curve in order to adapt it to his decorative and structural ends.

Inventory number: 
François-Rupert Carabin - Display cabinet
François-Rupert Carabin - Display cabinet
François-Rupert Carabin - Display cabinet
Inventory number : OGAL00040
Acquisition details : Commissioned from the artist, 1895
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