The cabinet of marble-figured walnut enhanced with mosaiced compartments and floral inlay of multi-coloured woods and ivory-petalled jasmin on an ebony-black ground, reflects the Louis XIV fashion considered appropriate for bedroom apartments in the second half of the 17th Century. The door medallions framed in tablets, with flowered and hollowed spandrels, display birds searching for insects around flower-vases. These plinth-supported krater vases correspond to the decorative patterns for overmantels and overdoors such as featured in the Nouveaux Livre de Tableaux, c. 1700 issued by Daniel Marot (d. 1752) 'architect' to King William III. Its marquetry, as well as the fitting out of the interior with eleven drawers surrounding a tabernacle compartment, corresponds to that of a cabinet introduced to Ham House, Surrey around 1680 (P. Macquoid, History of English Furniture, The Age of Walnut, London, 1908, pp. 63 and 64, figs. 58 and 59).