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    Sale 2157

    European Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets

    16 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    A DUTCH OYSTER VENEERED OLIVEWOOD, WALNUT, ETCHED MIRROR GLASS, IVORY AND MARQUETRY CABINET ON STAND**

    LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE LEGS AND STRETCHER LATER

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    A DUTCH OYSTER VENEERED OLIVEWOOD, WALNUT, ETCHED MIRROR GLASS, IVORY AND MARQUETRY CABINET ON STAND**
    LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE LEGS AND STRETCHER LATER
    The rectangular top above cabinet doors opening to reveal small drawers each etched with a mirror panel portraying a Roman myth surrounding a pair of cabinet doors similarly inlaid opening to an inlaid and etched mirror architectural interior with a fully sculpted figure of Mercury within an etched mirror niche flanked by inlaid sliding panels of buildings revealing small drawers behind a balustrade, the stand with a frieze drawer on barley twist legs and bun feet joined by a stretcher
    65¼ in. (166 cm.) high, 46 in. (116 cm.) wide, 19¼ in. (49 cm.) deep


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    Though Antwerp was well-known as center for the production of luxurious collector's cabinets in very similar forms, the use of olivewood as well as interior drawers with wheel-engraved mirrors indicates this cabinet was part of a small group made in the Northern Netherlands. The understated luxury of the olivewood veneer gives way to a display of the technical virtuosity of the cabinetmaker. Mirrors etched with Roman mythological scenes interact with architectural marquetry. The sophisticated placement of mirrors creates the illusion of endless rooms and entire buildings, which often hide secret drawers.

    An almost identical cabinet in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, illustrated here, displays the same arrangement of etched mirrored drawers surrounding a central architectural interior and is almost certainly produced by the same workshop; the only difference is the mirror panels on the Rijksmuseum example depict ships, not Roman myths. As early as 1708, an advertisement in the September 15th issue of the Amsterdamsche Courant mentions 'A handsome cabinet of olive wood, with 15 drawers, all at the front with very skillfully engraved mirrors inside and with an incomparable and endless perspective' was auctioned in Amsterdam. ( R. Baarsen, Dutch Furniture, 1600-1800, Amsterdam, 1993, p.52-53 )

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    The collection of Benjamin Katz, Paul Brandt, Villa Welgelegen, Holland, 14-19 May 1963.
    Bought from Stodel, Amsterdam, in 1968.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR AND MRS. CLIFFORD AMBROSE TRUESDELL
    (LOTS 1-43)