Cupboard (in the style of Louis XIII)



17th century
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General Description

Fashion designer, Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, originally installed this wooden cupboard at Villa La Pausa, and it remained part of the villa's decor through the residency of Wendy and Emery Reves. Chanel seems to have deliberately chosen certain items of furniture for their close resemblance to those at the convent in Aubazine where she grew up. Thus the two haute-époque wardrobes, including this one, originally placed in her bedroom, and a large cupboard in the same style in what was formerly the Duke of Westminister's bedroom, seem to be variants of the cabinet still located at the foot of the Aubazine staircase.

Adapted from

  • DMA Label Copy (1985.R.597)
  • Meslay, Olivier and Martha MacLeod. From Chanel to Reves (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2015), 9-10.