The Ballyfin Cabinet. A rare and important Augsburg silver mounted, ebony Table Cabinet or Kabinettschrank inset with Florentine pietra dura plaques
circa 1660, by Elias Boscher
of broken outline and graduated architectural design, the pietra dura panels depicting birds and flowers attributed to the Florentine Grand Ducal Workshops or Opificio delle pietre dure,
the stepped superstructure fitted with three frieze drawers above a central cupboard door, architectural pediment and inset with a panel depicting a chaffinch on a fruiting bough, flanked by columns of Smaragdite Gabbro with Corinthian capitals flanked by two deep drawers, inset with panels depicting parrots within fruiting boughs, with three further fitted drawers below, the large central cupboard door inset with a panel of a lapis lazuli flower filled urn issuing stems including a carnation, anemone, daffodil and lilies and enclosing an architectural interior, flanked by further Smaragdite Gabbro columns and three drawers to each side inset with further symmetrical floral panels including tulips, roses, carnations, lilies and bluebells, on shaped bracket feet, each side inset with large central panels of parrots on fruiting boughs, with four further floral panels above and below, the reverse veneered in kingwood and walnut in geometric stellar designs
The cabinet containing a complex series of secret drawers to the interior, the central cabochon mount stamped with the Augsburg town mark and the silversmiths mark of Johann Spitzmacher (active 1655-1678) The cabinet is signed in pencil on the underside Elias Boscher and gemacht.
, 84cm wide, 40cm deep, 85cm high.