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Attributed to Herman Doomer (Dutch, Anrath ca. 1595–1650 Amsterdam)
Figures on interior of doors after designs by Pieter Jansz. Quast (Dutch, Amsterdam (?) 1605/6–1647 Amsterdam)
as engraved by Salomon Saverij (Dutch, 1594–1678)
Figure on interior compartment door based on engraving by Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)
ca. 1640–50
Dutch, Amsterdam
Oak veneered with ebony, snakewood, rosewood, kingwood, cedar and other woods; mother-of-pearl, ivory, green stained bone
Overall: 27 9/16 × 32 5/16 × 15 3/4 in. (70 × 82.1 × 40 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636
The sophisticated ripple moldings on the cabinet’s exterior playfully bring out the lustrous quality of the severe black ebony. Other tropical veneers as well as inlays of mother-of-pearl and green-stained horn enliven the cabinet’s interior which encloses multiple drawers as well as a compartment with a mirror-lined "stage" for the display of a treasured artwork. This cabinet is attributed to Herman Doomer, one of the few cabinetmakers working with ebony and mother-of-pearl in Amsterdam, the foremost European market for such exotic materials. Doomer gained fame through the portrait Rembrandt painted of him, also in the Museum's collection (see 29.100.1).
possibly Private Collection, Belgium ; [ sale, Christie's, Amsterdam , March 24, 2010, lot 218 ] ; [ Salomon Stodel Antiquités , Amsterdam, until 2011; sold to MMA ]
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