Dating antique furniture saw marks
Compare the Getty cabinet with the Besançon cabinet.
The exhibition is located at the Getty Center, Museum, South Pavilion.
Like styles, sawing techniques have changed through the years, and a close inspection of the unfinished underside of the table should reveal saw marks.
One of the cabinets is now in the Museum of Time in Besançon, France, and has been definitively dated to 1581. The paintings and carvings on the two cabinets were closely examined by curators.
Minute clues and subtle coincidences of style indicated that the cabinets may well have been made by the same artist or group of artists. Curators, conservators, and scientists continue to work on this mystery.
Time to Reconsider In 2001, curators in France organized an exhibition on 16th-century cabinetmaker Hugues Sambin.
After a Getty curator visited Écouen to meet with scholars there, she decided to launch a thorough reexamination of the Museum's cabinet.
Curators, conservators, and scientists teamed up to conduct research and scientific analysis.