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An Antwerp 17th c. tortoiseshell and silver mounted cabinet
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Period :
17th century
Provenance :
Flanders, Antwerp
Medium :
Tortoiseshell, silver, ebony, gilt bronze
Dimensions :
l. 42.13 inch X H. 67.72 inch X P. 18.5 inch
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An Antwerp 17th c. tortoiseshell and silver mounted cabinet

This precious cabinet is made of expensive and exotic materials, what became very popular in 17th century Europe such as the tortoiseshell tinted red, the embossed silver, gilt bronze, the ebony mouldings and ebony venner, ivory inlays.
The cabinet opens with two doors revealing the sumptuousness of the interior decor. Built like a palace facade, rows of drawers are organized around a central door with a cut cornice. It opens with ten drawers, an upper lid revealing a compartment and a large drawer in the front.
The door interiors are composed of large tortoiseshell cabochons encircled in gilt bronze integrated in embossed and openwork silver mounts decorated with scrolls and interlacing. This tortoiseshell cabochon is positioned in multiple frames alternating wavy ebony moldings, tortoiseshell veneer and double ivory fillets.
Each drawer is adorned with tortoiseshell cabochon set with an ornate gilt bronze mount, framed on each side by an embossed and openwork silver ornament on ebony background, in a frame of double ivory inlays and veneered with tortoiseshell, all in a rectangle of wavy ebony molding.
The central door flanked by gilt bronze caryatids surmounting sheaths decorated with openwork silver applications on an ebony background. These silver ornaments also frame the middle of the tortoiseshell veneer.
The central door looking like the entrance to a palace reveals an interior theater: a space composed of mirrors under a vaulted ceiling alternated by half columns in carved giltwood on a checkerboard floor of ivory and kingwood parquetry.
The back of the door is geometrically decorated with broken sticks in kingwood veneer on an ebony background.
The drawer in the shape of a cut cornice furnished with winged horses in gilt and chiseled bronze, receives in the center a silver coat of arms with openwork in the shape of chimeras clashed around a shield.
The upper compartment is discovered using a lid decorated inside a central mirror on a background of tortoiseshell and two rectangles in tortoiseshell in multiple frames of ivory inlays and ebony moldings .
The more sober exterior of the cabinet is in ebony veneer on three sides, the doors are decorated with multiple frames of wavy moldings and rectangles and frame in tortoiseshell veneer.
The ebony veneered sides with compartments have carrying handles.
The large drawer on the front receives a decoration of geometric shapes cut out of tortoiseshell veneer in frames of double ivory inlays, all on ebony background.

Excellent condition, original locks

The cabinet is placed on a later ebonized wood with a belt in tortoiseshell veneer and ivory fillets, resting on columns joined by a stretcher.
Total dimensions:
h. 172 cm, l. 107 cm, p. 47 cm

Cabinet similar to ours at Holyroodhouse Palace, collection of Windsor Castle

Our cabinet, important for the opulence of its decor, is one of the rare pieces of furniture that has kept its silver ornamentation.
Very little furniture with an enbossed silver decoration having survived, because of the value of the silver, which unfortunately caused either the disappearance of the ornaments or the furniture comprising it.
Collector's furniture par excellence, this cabinet could be easily transported thanks to the handles on the sides, its contents being secured inside thanks to the locked doors with keys. Following his owner from one place to another without a stand, the cabinet was kept in reception rooms on tables covered with carpet. Presented open, the cabinet amazed visitors with the magnificence of its interior, testifying to the wealth of its owner.
Our cabinet of Antwerp origin, was probably intended for a Parisian market.
The art of cabinet making reached its peak in Antwerp in the middle of the 17th century, this dazzling success having resulted in numerous orders across the Europe, as such a cabinet became the symbol of wealth and prestige. This decorative opulence used to demonstrate the prosperity of its owner.
In Paris the request for Antwerp cabinets was strong in the years 1650-1670. The dynamism of the Antwerp, Brussels and Parisian luxury dealers contributed to this success with an offer of goods that were not produced in Paris, and with the installation in the Faubourg Saint Antoine of many "Flemish" artisans.

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