Walnut, oak and deal construction, fruitwood, sycamore, beech marquetry inlay, brass
68.5 x 109.1 x 45.1 cm
Place of origin
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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
A walnut and marquetry table cabinet, German, Augsburg, circa 1600 Of rectangular form profusely inlaid with ash, sycamore, maple, beech and fruitwood, depicting figures and animals in landscapes, architecture, fruit and foliage. The fall opens to reveal a fitted interior of twelve small drawers and four cupboards each inlaid with architectural scenes and scrolling foliage centered around a winged cherub with other animals. The top also hinged and opening to reveal a well with conforming inlaid designs to the inside lid and the well with cross banded and line inlaid rectangular panels.
From the mid-sixteenth century, cabinetmakers in the south German city of Augsburg specialized in table cabinets intended for the storage of small, precious objects such as exotic shells, medals, jewelry, and statuettes. These luxury cabinets were decorated entirely with colorful marquetry depicting fantastic townscapes, classical ruins, rabbits, dogs, cloaked figures, and a range of ornamental motifs drawn from contemporary German prints...Further research to follow. James Weedon (Oct. 2017)
Lord William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (?) Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.