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  • Place of origin:

    Milan (Plaques probably made in Milan)

  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, iron, damascening

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh, F.S.A.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4 []

Physical description

Wooden, veneered cabinet of architectural design based on a triumphal arch, decorated with applied damascened plaques.

Place of Origin

Milan (Plaques probably made in Milan)



Materials and Techniques

Wood, iron, damascening


Height: 55.5 cm base to top across front maximum height, Width: 70 cm across back of cabinet maximum width, Depth: 37 cm from front to back maximum

Descriptive line

Wood with ebony verneer, mounted with iron panels damascened with gold and silver.

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

Leydi, Silvio. Mobili milanesi in acciaio e metalli preziosi nell'età del Manierismo. In: Fatto in Italia. Dal Medioevo al Made in Italy, ed. by Alessandra Guerrini, with Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò. Catalogue of the exhibition at Reggia di Venaria, 19 March - 10 July 2016. Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2016, pp. 120-137.

Labels and date

ITALIAN (Milan); 1550-1600
Wood veneered with ebony and mounted with steel panels damascened with gold and silver. The plaques depict scenes from Roman history. The cabinet has been reconstructed at a later date, and some of the border ornament is renewed.
Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F.S.A.
M.22-1952 [1990-2000]






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