Description: This table has a frieze is intricately carved with animals amongst scrolling foliage above foliate decorated legs and raised on flattened bun feet. A table such as this was an important commission and very costly to produce and thus was likely from an aristocratic house in the Netherlands or Flanders. It is quite possible that a table of this importance stood in a hall or room surrounded by Dutch or Flemish paintings by the likes of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals, Ter Brugghen, Avercamp, and de Hooch. This exceptionally fine example is thought to have been executed in Amsterdam but by craftsmen probably from Antwerp likely the second quarter of the 17th century with later modifications in the 19th century.
Location of Origin: Europe
Medium/Materials: Oak / Ebony
Dimensions: 33in (h) x 62in (w) x 37in (d)
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Furniture : Tables
Secondary Classification: All Works of Art By Theme : By Style / Period : Haute Epoque / Renaissance
Expertise: Comparable examples of exceptionally fine dutch furniture making can be found in the Marriage Kas or beeldenkast found in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and another example in The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. However no other comparable tables have been found to date.
LITERATURE: R.J. Baarsen, Dutch Furniture 1600-1800, Amsterdam 1993.
Provenance: Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA