During the Renaissance and the Baroque eras, amber, a fossilized tree resin known as the "gold of the Baltic Sea," was regarded as a substance of mythical origin with magical powers. This precious casket is a true Kunstkammer object; its architectural design and decoration are related to a drawing by Michel Redlin, documented as an amber carver in Gdansk in 1688. Three types of amber were used: opaque, translucent, and a milky variant. Landscapes and pastoral scenes were engraved into the amber surface from behind.
Private Collection, Germany ; [ Kunstkammer Georg Laue , Munich, until 2006; sold to MMA ]
Artist: David Roentgen (German, Herrnhaag 1743–1807 Wiesbaden, master 1780)Date: ca. 1780–83Medium: Oak and walnut, veneered with mahogany, maple, holly (the last two partially stained); iron, steel, brass, gilt bronze; felt and partially tooled and gilded leatherAccession: 2007.42.1a–e, .2a–o, aa–nnOn view in:Gallery 547
Artist: David Roentgen (German, Herrnhaag 1743–1807 Wiesbaden, master 1780)Date: ca. 1775–79 with later alterationsMedium: Oak, pine, walnut, mahogany, and cherry veneered with hornbeam (partially stained), tulipwood, walnut, holly and maple (both partially stained), boxwood, mahogany, and other woods; red brocatelle marble; gilt bronze; iron, steel, and brassAccession: 1982.60.81On view in:Gallery 539
Artist: Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)Date: ca. 1727, mounts and flowers ca. 1750Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts and soft-paste porcelain flowersAccession: 1982.60.256On view in:Gallery 540