This cabinet, with its sophisticated and unusual panels depicting archways, immediately evokes the Renaissance fascination with perspective and its exploration in architecture and painting. For the decorative arts, much of this trompe l'oeil work was done using marquetry -- with one of the most spectacular examples being the Gubbio studiolo now installed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. However, the carving of single, solid panels, such as the panels in the present cabinet, was far more difficult to achieve than in marquetry. Therefore the present cabinet is both an extremely unusual and rare survival. There is one cabinet that is closely related, with similar perspectival panels, in the Fondazione Carlo Marchi, Florence (R. Ferrazza, Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi, Florence, 1994, p. 64).