In the last quarter of the seventeenth century, bulkier cupboards on baluster feet were gradually replaced by cabinets raised on a stand with slender legs connected by a stretcher. The carved ornament has been completely discarded in favour of marquetry or parquetry decorations.
These cabinets were made in a variety of different finishes varying from a plain walnut veneer to the sumptuous floral marquetry cabinets by Jan van Meekeren.
This lot probably had a simple veneer which was replaced with the present "seaweed" style marquetry more commonly found on English furniture. (R. Baarsen, Nederlandse Meubelen 1600-1800, Zwolle, 1993, pp. 56-65).