• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 242

    A DUTCH OLIVEWOOD, ROSEWOOD, EBONY, EBONIZED, OYSTER VENEERED AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND

    CIRCA 1700

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH OLIVEWOOD, ROSEWOOD, EBONY, EBONIZED, OYSTER VENEERED AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND
    CIRCA 1700
    Inlaid with chequer bands, star motives and panels overall, the moulded rectangular top inlaid with egg-and-dart, above a pair of panelled doors with central medallions inlaid with arabesque rosettes, enclosing a fitted interior with four doors with three shelves and four doors above three frieze drawers, on octagonal and ring-turned tapering legs joined by a serpentine shaped stretcher on bun feet
    211 cm. high x 189 cm. wide x 62 cm. deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    This cabinet also known as a Sterkabinet because of its star shaped motifs, is a product of the changing fashion towards the end of the 17th century, the cabinet itself is no longer a vessel for sculptural and shaped ornament but has turned into a canvas for highly complex marquetry and parquetry designs. The rectangular cupboard raised on stand was produced with a huge variation of decorative schemes ranging from the pictorial "still life" marquetry of van Meekeren, to quite plain examples. Another so-called sterkabinet with virtually indentical marquetry doors is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and illustrated in Dr. Anne Berendsen, Het Meubel, van Gothiek tot Biedermeier, Utrecht, 1949, p. 149, Afb. 148 and in Prof. Willem van der Pluym, Vijf eeuwen binnenhuis en meubels in Nederland 1450-1950, Amsterdam, 1954, p. 83, Afb. 81.

    Special Notice

    Christie’s charges a premium to the buyer on the Hammer Price of each lot sold at the following rates: 29.75% of the Hammer Price of each lot up to and including €20,000, plus 23.8% of the Hammer Price between €20,001 and €800.000, plus 14.28% of any amount in excess of €800.000. Buyer’s premium is calculated on the basis of each lot individually.