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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 13, March 28, 2010, Article 13

A FRENCH COIN CABINET C1809-19 BY JACOB-DESMALTER

Regarding Craig McDonald's quest for images of coin cabinets, Kay Freeman submitted this one at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA). -Editor

Jacob-Desmalter Coin Cabinet ca1809-19

Dominique Vivant-Denon was director of the mint and of the Musée Napoleon (now the Musée du Louvre) as well as a collector and an arbiter of taste during the Napoleonic period. He accompanied the Egyptian campaign of 1798–99 as a draftsman and published his drawings as Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (1802).

The pylon at Ghoos, in Upper Egypt, served as the model for the top section of this medal cabinet, which was intended for Napoleon but remained in Denon's possession. The front and back panels are inlaid with a silver scarab flanked by uraei (sacred serpents) on lotus stalks. There are twenty-two drawers on each side of the cabinet, all inlaid with a silver bee. One wing is hinged to provide a pull.

WOW! Now THAT'S a CABINET. It was a 1900 bequest of Collis P. Huntington. QUICK QUIZ: What is Huntington's numismatic connection? -Editor

To read the complete object description, see: Coin Cabinet (www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/european_sculpture
_and_decorative_arts/coin_cabinet_francois_honore_georges_
jacob_desmalter/objectview.aspx?page=1&sort=0&sortdir=asc&keyword=
medal%20cabinet&fp=1&dd1=12&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=12&OID=120010265&vT=1)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: 1872 J.F. BELL PROOF EAGLE LOT DESCRIPTION SOUGHT (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n12a16.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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