Travel cabinet in ebony veneer inlaid with engraved ivory fillets.
The flap reveals an interior with nine drawers and a central niche flanked by ace of spades hardware.
The removable central locker reveals three secret compartments at the rear.
Apart from the back and the underside of the cabinet, all the sides and the flap are decorated with ivory threads engraved on an ebony background.
Beautiful ornamentation in gilded iron: side carrying handles and drawer knobs decorated with lions and finely chiseled spandrels.
Beautiful quality of very black ebony wood with brown veins.
Very well preserved condition, with its original ironwork and period lock.
Work from northern Italy, Milan region around 1620.
Height: 49 cm; Width: 59.5 cm; Depth: 33.5 cm
An ink inscription under a drawer tells us that our cabinet was restored in Italy in 1792.
The origin of this type of cabinet in ebony veneer and engraved ivory plaques is Dutch.
Some craftsmen from the Netherlands left around 1600 to work in Italy, among them we can cite Theodore de Voghel employed at the Royal Armory of Naples and who made some small cabinets of this type, some of which are kept in the San Martino museum in the city.
However, the iconography of our cabinet with its characteristic foliage and similar to Milanese productions.
A true court object, the cabinet no longer calls on a single carpenter, but on ivory engravers, painters and other silversmith for the frames.
The state of conservation of our copy and its preciousness make it a rather rare object on the market.
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