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AN AUGSBURG ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY TABLE-CABINET, circa 1630

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AN AUGSBURG ORMOLU-MOUNTED IVORY TABLE-CABINET, circa 1630

The rectangular hinged lid above two doors enclosing a central drawer with two flanking green marble columns and flanked by ten further drawers, all with central marble squares and four surrounding red paste cabochons, the reverse with large starburst, above a long drawer and on bracket feet, with oval collection label inscribed in black ink No. 450
12in. (30.5cm.) wide

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The combined jewel-box and domed cabinet for coins, medallions etc., is exotically veneered in ivory in the fashion for which Augsburg was celebrated in the early 17th Century. Fretted acanthus-scrolled escutcheons accompany wave-ribboned borders lining the exterior and interior, which is jewelled with cabochoned simulated cornelians and inlaid with lozenge-shaped plaques and medallions of green marble which also features in the central tabernacle compartment with its Doric marble-columned triumphal arch and scrolled pediment.

A related cabinet at Skokloster, Denmark is embellished with painted plaques derived from biblical subjects published in Augsburg in 1613 (see: J. Knutsson, Cabinets at Skokloster, 1985, cat. no. 8); and another was acquired by the Victoira & Albert Museum in 1923 (Museum no. W60). A grander version of these cabinets, in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, bears the date 1646 and inscription of the Augsburg cabinet-maker Ulrich Baumgartner (d. 1652) (see: G. Himmelheber, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1977, fig. 39)
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