The offered lot belongs to an extensive group of South German furniture mainly from Swabia, Bavaria and Tirol inlaid with stylised ruins and characteristically elaborate scrollwork defining space and perspective. A table cabinet with perhaps the most exemplary and fantastic marquetry related to the offered lot is the Wrangel-Schrank, now in the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, which was presented by the Swedish general Carl Gustav Wrangel in 1566 to his daughter Hedwig Eleonore Sophie upon her marriage to Ernst Ludwig II of Putbus (see H. Eikel, Der Wrangelschrank im Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Münster, n.d., pp. 139-145 and L. Möller, Der Wrangel-Schrank, 1984, pp. 5-14).
This distinctive 'Ruinenarchitektur' marquetry is believed to be based on etchings executed by Leonard Thiry and Ducerceau in 1550 as well as on the Geometria und Persektiva etlicher zerbrochener Gebew, a design book of drawings published in 1567 by Augsburg Cabinetmaker Lorenz Stöer (see H. Kreisel, Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels, 1986, vol. I, pp. 85-87). Several Kabinettschränke with related marquetry are illustrated in H. Kreisel op. cit., figs. 214-216.