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This artwork is currently on display 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 displayed in gallery 637.
possibly Private Collection, Belgium ; [ sale, Christie's, Amsterdam , March 24, 2010, lot 218 ] ; [ Salomon Stodel Antiquités ; sold to MMA ]
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