Description: An imposing cabinet with a moulded cornice above a shaped frieze above a pair of raised panelled doors decorated with ripple mouldings flanked by columns and divided by a column with double paneled break front base drawer on massive and exaggerated bun feet.
Cabinets of this type and scale were almost always heavily decorated with baroque scrollwork. While smaller cabinets sometimes do, cabinets of this scale that lack this excessive ornamentation and display a somewhat modern aesthetic are very unusual and are extremely desirable.
Cabinets of this scale were made for the grandest of houses in the Netherlands.
Location of Origin: Europe
Medium/Materials: Rosewood, Ebony, Oak
Dimensions: 92in (h) x 80in (w) x 32in (d)
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Furniture : Case Pieces
Secondary Classification: All Works of Art By Theme : By Style / Period : Haute Epoque / Renaissance
Expertise: Dutch cabinets of this nature are excellent examples of Amsterdam craftsmanship from the second quarter of the 17th century. Often these cabinets were commissioned by a wealthy family to celebrate a marriage but other times they were simply commissioned by wealthy patrons in order to have imposing pieces of furniture. Often furniture of this nature would be the most expensive piece of furniture in the house and would stand next to paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Terborch, Ruysdael, de Hooch and van de Velde.
Comparable examples can be found in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
These Kussenkast cabinets are similar to German Wellenschrank, Fassadenschrank, Schappschrank, and Eichenschrank, and also Italian Armadio cabinets.
Provenance: A European aristocratic family