Art/ Collection/ Art Object


mid-17th century
Pine veneered with ebony and macassar ebony; padauk wood; painted alabaster; ivory; mirror glass
Overall: 14 5/8 × 16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (37.1 × 41.9 × 29.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Audrey B. Love, in memory of her husband, C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
In contrast to the severe black exterior, the interior is more colorful and has several surprising components. The inside of the lid is embellished with an alabaster plaque painted with a monochrome landscape scene. The tiers of drawers and the central compartment are decorated with painted alabaster as well. Inside the central compartment is a mirrored five-sided recess with a tiled floor known as a perspectiefje (literally, "little perspective"), which held a small, treasured object that could be admired from all sides in the mirrors.
Inscription: A round sticker, pasted inside the secret compartment of the moulded top, with the printed inscription: "Hodgson 250 Bequest"
Audrey B. Love (until 1975; to MMA)
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