A French 17th century ivory, bone and pewter inlaid ebony, ebonised, fruitwood, giltwood and marquetry cabinet
Paris, circa 1645
the balustrade gallery top above a frieze with two drawers depicting putti and satyrs dancing and playing music, above two panelled doors carved with reserves depicting the history of Psyche and profane scenes, the reverse panels inlaid with pewter depicting scrolling foliage and flowers, the interior fitted with an architectural perspective centred by a niche with painted trompe l'oeil landscape and a scene with Venus on a chariot, surmounted by two drawers with baluster gallery, above small drawers and mirrored panels hiding further small drawers, flanked to the sides by turned columns and inlaid female figures, above a parquet and geometrical pattern floor, surrounded by sixteen drawers, the stand with three frieze drawers carved with Bacchanalian scenes, on twelve foliate Salomonic column supports, joined by a later replaced under-tier and bulbous feet, the back with the Rijksmuseum inventory paper label inscribed Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam/ Inventarisnummer: Br.464/ Voorwerp: Ebbenh. Kabinet XVIIe/ Bruikleen van: Mevr. Th. Gerth-V. Heukelom te Wapenveldt, 187cm wide, 67cm deep, 202cm high (73.5" wide, 26" deep, 79.5" high).
- As mentioned in the condition report, the perspective interior was originally enclosed by doors.
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