Aventuriers des Mers : De Sindbad à Marco Polo, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2017.
This cabinet is decorated with radiating rosettes marquetry and brass rosettes. The front opens with nine drawers, each decorated with two handles and one keyway. The upper part of the stand opens with two drawers and the lower part opens with a single large drawer. The four supports are carved with children chests finishing by sea monsters.
This type of cabinet is typical of Goanese productions made for exportation. The anthropomorphic supports are characteristic of this kind of furniture and can be in form of chests of men, women or children, ending with sea monster or snake tails, which can be related to European Caryatids or southern Indian architectural mythical figures.
The general shape of those cabinets, a very architectural shape, is also inspired by European furniture of this period. But the addition of the drawers on the stand, creating a massive effect, is an Indo-Portuguese creation.
A very closely cabinet is kept in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (Inv. n° 777-1865).
A cabinet with the same marquetry design is kept in the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Inv. 1550) and published in: Exhibition Catalogue, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa (2004) Goa and the Great Mughal, cat. 117, p. 111.
See also: Jaffer, A. (2002) Luxury goods from India, the art of cabinet maker, London: V & A Publications, p. 58 - 59.
Another closely related cabinet is kept in the collection of the Museu de Artes Decorativas de Viana do Castelo (Inv. 1039/1040).
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