This majestic cabinet with inlaid plates of paesine and hard stone and rosewood veneer opens with two large doors, six small and a large drawer.
The columns in purple brocatelle marble with gilt wood Corinthian capitals highlight the architectural aspect of this cabinet highlighted by many moldings.
Each drawer receives in the middle a plate of paesine surrounded by a black marble veneer, with brocatelle marble spandrels in a frame of yellow jasper.
The doors adorned with large plates of paesine framed by yellow jasper, black marble, with ovals encrusted with green and red jasper and brocatelle; they are surmounted by a circular pediment with inlays of round paesine plates decorated with trees.
The upper part is adorned with a plate of paesine with a panthere encrusted with agate veneer corner pieces.
The two central doors reveal a large theater punctuated with columns, mirrors, painted ceiling and checkerboard floor. Two paintings are reflected in the mirrors and represent a gentleman and a lady of the court.
It rests on gilded wooden feet in the shape of an eagle.
Dimensions: h. 91 cm, l. 107 cm, p. 52 cm
Augsburg, 17th century
From the 16th century and throughout the 17th many workshops in Augsburg specialize in the manufacture of cabinets, exported throughout Europe. These furniture made with rare and expensive materials (exotic wood, ivory, tortoiseshell, semi-precious stones and marbles) are much sought after by the nobility and high aristocracy and are intended to adorn their palaces and studiolos and demonstrate their wealth and their social status.
The decor of the paesine and hard stones are fashionable in the 17th century, the plates of paesine and hard stones were assembled in Florence and sent directly to Augsburg to workshops of ebony.
Paesina, also called "landscape stone" or "marble-ruin", is a variety of limestone from the Florence region whose formation is due to the infiltration of water rich in mineral salts.
Once sawn and polished, it offers us a splendid panel of colors and forms predominantly ocher, evoking desert landscapes or ruiniform, hence its name.
It may be accompanied by dendrites, in which case the landscapes take on a vegetal appearance.
Here is a stone that seems to invite us to poetry, to dream in the contemplation of its enigmatic landscapes, phantasmagorical ...
Marble landscapes, timeless, immortal, belonging neither to the past nor to the future, simply present in the image they send back to us, of a nature which is only the fruit of our interpretation of forms and colors fixed in stone by geological hazards.
The ornamental richness and the preciousness of this cabinet make it particularly remarkable and rare on the art market.
The cabinet is presented on a plexiglas stand. Dimensions with stand: h. 196 cm, l. 114 cm, p. 40 cm
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6 800 €