Table cabinet

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Origin
Northern Netherlands
Period
C. 1640 - 1660
Material
Oak, ebony
Height
151 cm
Width
94 cm
Depth
54.5 cm
Literature

L. Aals & A. Hofstede, Noord-Nederlandse meubelen van renaissance tot vroege barok - 1550-1670, Houten 2011, pp. 277 - 279, 281, 282.

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Description

Table cabinet consisting of a cabinet on an open frame. The cabinet has a large projecting, multiple-profiled cornice. The frieze depicts a hunting party with several dogs and two hunters, set against a city in the background. The cornice is supported by three corbels carved with heads; in the centre, a woman with a diadem and, to the sides, two men wearing bonnets. The profiled architrave rests on the Corinthian capitals of the fluted columns. Between the columns and the postulates, carved with floral work, are round ebony rings. In the profiled doors there are two panels, depicting Love on the left and Faith on the right, surrounded by carved foliage. Love is personified by a woman with a nursing child on her arm and a child holding on to her skirts. Faith is represented by a man crowned with a laurel wreath, holding a cross in his right hand and a Bible in his left. Both figures are dressed in draped cloaks and walk barefoot.

In the plinth of the cabinet is a drawer with carved, curling acanthus leaf with fruit, with a running dog in the centre on either side. The drawer is flanked by consoles with carved lion's heads, with open mouths. The sides of the cabinet are decorated with symmetrically carved acanthus leaves, both in the frieze and in the profiled panel. The fluted uprights at the sides are interrupted by an ebony-inlaid horizontal stripe; under this stripe are inlaid fluting.Decorated with floral work on the underside of the multiply profiled table rim. In the centre of the table is a long drawer with carved acanthus leaves on the front board. In the middle of the drawer is an ebony knob. The drawer is flanked by fluted columns interrupted by a horizontal stripe inlaid with ebony. Under this stripe are inlaid cannelures. The posts extend into sturdy baluster legs. These balusters are standing on ebony veneered blocks, with ball feet. The bracing between the legs and the table drawer is worked in ajour. The name 'table cabinet' is derived from the frame, which in terms of shapes is very similar to Northern Netherlandish (draw-leaf) tables. 

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