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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    late 16th century-early 17th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, with marquetry of various woods, and iron handles.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design of arabesque ornament, and each coffer (with keys)

The front is divided by four tapering pilasters into three panels, the narrow panel in the middle containing a marquetry design of arabesque ornament, and each of the side panels a sunk round-headed arch enriched with shaped bands and other ornament; the ends of the coffer are similarly treated to the side panels of the front with the addition of iron drop-handles with foliated plates. The top is moulded round the edge and encloses two inlaid rectangular panels decorated with oval and circles connected by a band. Inside is a compartment with hinged lid.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


late 16th century-early 17th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Oak, with marquetry of various woods, and iron handles.

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs. Rabb & Knapp (Antiquarian dealers), 5 Alter Markt, Frankfurt, Germany, for 250 marks (£12. 4. 10). A. B. Skinner and W.W. Watts 'visited the shop of these dealers' and reported on 25 Nov. 1907 that 'This coffer is South German and is different to those from the same district already in the Museum, being much simpler both in construction and pattern. It requires some attention, and when judiciously cleaned, will look extremely well.'

See RF 56/1253
Previously on long loan to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1956-2000

Descriptive line

Chest; oak with marquetry decoration, South German c1600


Oak; Wood; Iron




Furniture; Containers; Medieval and renaissance; Woodwork


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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