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wardrobe wardrobe wardrobe

Carved wood, inlaid wood of a contrasting tonality,
and engraved painted bone
modern base, inner structure and hinges
Eighteenth century
230 x 140 x 52 cm

Before the 18th century, people kept their belongings in boxes and trunks. Wardrobes, first made in eighteenth-century France, provided a place to keep clothes well-organized and undamaged. This seven-and-a-half foot wardrobe made in Puebla, Mexico, presents exuberant lines and decoration typical of much colonial Mexican art.

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