• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 190

    A Dutch colonial silver-mounted ebony and kayu pelet miniature bureau cabinet


    Price Realised  


    A Dutch colonial silver-mounted ebony and kayu pelet miniature bureau cabinet
    Last quarter 18th Century
    The arched moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing a architecturally fitted interior with five variously sized drawers and three open compartments, above a hinged slope enclosing a fitted interior with six drawers, four pigeon holes and a central cupboard door, above two base drawers and a waved apron, carved with C-scrolls and rockwork, on cabriole feet
    109 cm. high x 58 cm. wide x 31 cm. deep

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    A comparable miniature cabinet in the Rijksmuseum is illustrated in Jan Veenendaal, 'Furniture in Batavia' in Domestic Interiors at the Cape and in Batavia, 1602-1795, Zwolle, 2002, p. 37, fig. 24.

    Many miniature cabinets were made in Batavia. Amongst others, there is a group of small, closely related writing-desks of high quality, made of the most expensive of wood available on Java: kayu pelet, a yellow wood with a wild pattern of black lines resembling clouds. All these small items of furniture are probably the work of a single Chinese workshop in Batavia as Chinese workmanship can be recognised as the Chinese allowed the wooden pin to pass through the wood so that it was visible on the outside.

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