Oak two-door cabinet

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Utrecht, Holland
C. 1640
oak, ebony veneer
235 cm
177 cm
75 cm

L. van Aalst & A. Hofstede, Noord-Nederlandse meubelen van renaissance tot vroege barok 1550-1670, Houten 2011, p. 209, no. 9.


Private collection J.R. Ritman, Amsterdam

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A unique Utrecht two-door cabinet ("toonkast") with a cornice with cherub heads. These heads rest on consoles carved with fruit motifs which divide the frieze into four rectangular panels veneered with ebony. Three fluted ionic columns with richly carved pedestals and continuous pillars as feet. The arches on the doors consist of carving of curls and leaves, which we also see in the pedestals of the fluted Ionic columns. The subtly carved foliage in the spandrels of the arches is also seen on other "toogkasten".

Large ajour braces have been placed between the large pillars. On the sides there are braces in the form of an arch, the spandrels are decorated with carved leaf motifs. In various Utrecht cabinets, the braces on the front differ from those on the sides. This cabinet is made as a two-dimensional object. Evident from the asymmetry of the side panels, which consist of eight panels in a highly profiled pillar and framework. When the side panels have the same design as the front panels, for example with the toogkasten where the sides also consist of an arche, then the cabinet is designed as a three-dimensional object.


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