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  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1630 (made)
    1820-40 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Joined and carved oak with geometric ebony inlay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oak cabinet with carved decoration and geometric inlay in the Mannerist style, including three pilasters with herms and lion masks.

With two doors, and containing a unit of 10 small drawers around a small cupboard. The drawers numbered I-X, and with turned knobs. The left hand door with wrought iron bolts and lock receiver for the lock mechanism which is fitted to the right door (detached, 2014), the keyhole with a sliding wood cover. The ironwork apparently hand-made. The doors on nailed pin hinges. With small areas of softwood backing the door panels.

Joined, frame and panel construction. Generally a high level of finish, throughout. With a dark stain overall. The back with vertically grained boards, apparently meeting at a V-groove joint. The top consists of two thin oak sheets with projecting corners, sawn to shape.
Drawer construction: the fronts apparently nailed to the sides, and with glued mouldings, the backs nailed to the sides, the bottom (a single board, grained front to back) nailed up using hand-made nails.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)


1600-1630 (made)
1820-40 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Joined and carved oak with geometric ebony inlay


Height: 109 cm, Width: 126 cm, Depth: 52 cm

Descriptive line

Oak, in early 17th century style

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ancient and Modern Furniture & Woodwork in the South Kensington Museum, described with an introduction by John Hungerford Pollen, (London, 1874), p. 46

Cabinet, or Cupboard. Carved oak; decorations of the English late Elizabethan or Jacobean style.

About 1620

H. 3 ft. 6 in., L. 4 ft. 1 in., W. 1 ft. 8 in.

Bought, 18l

The two doors are lifted on a plinth above the floor. They are panelled with arched tops, which stand out in relief. Terminal figures on the sides and centre form three dividing upright members. The flat portions of the woodwork are relieved by lines in inlaid wood, dark and light. The piece is ornamented, besides, with bold scutcheon work in relief and narrow panels projecting in the form of ridges like the surfaces of a prism. Drop knobs hang from the angles of the projecting top. The whole is in the style of the woodwork yet remaining in Holland House, Blickling Hall, Norfolk, and in the halls of Wadham and other of the colleges of the 17th century in our Universities. It is of English manufacture.


Oak; Ebony


Joining; Hand carving; Inlay


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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