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Miniature collector's cabinet

Artist:
After a composition by Bernard Salomon (French, ca. 1508–ca. 1561)
Date:
ca. 1600
Culture:
German, possibly Nuremberg
Medium:
Dyed and gold-tooled leather on secondary woods pine, poplar, pear, yew; veneers of ivory, mother-of-pearl, pear, plum, ebony, rosewood, holly, ash, green stained poplar; gilt metal; painted glass
Dimensions:
closed, confirmed: 6 1/8 × 7 3/8 × 5 1/2 in. (15.6 × 18.7 × 14 cm); opened, confirmed: 6 1/8 × 7 3/8 × 11 in. (15.6 × 18.7 × 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Natural Substances-Leatherwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1948
Accession Number:
48.59.2
Not on view
Trophies of arms and musical instruments decorate the drawer fronts, while the central door panel shows Orpheus playing before Pluto and Proserpine to regain Eurydice from the Underworld. The composition is based on a 1559 woodcut by Bernard Salomon (ca. 1508–1561). The fall front has complex geometrical forms (polyhedra) rendered in perspective that resemble late sixteenth-century designs by Wenzel Jamnitzer and Lorenz Stoer. The coat of arms of Albrecht VII Archduke of Austria (1559–1621), who ruled the Spanish Netherlands with his wife, Isabella of Spain, appears to have been added after the cabinet was completed.
Inscription: I [or M?] S / RI [?] (Above arms, in gilt)
[ Mme Gaëton Desaché (née Flandin) (until 1903; sold to Mrs. Bliss) ; Mrs. George T. Bliss ; by descent to Susan Dwight Bliss (until 1948; to MMA)
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