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In contrast to the severe black ebony exterior, the cabinet’s interior is more colorful and has several surprising components. The inside is embellished with alabaster plaques painted with monochrome landscapes. Within the central compartment is a five-sided recess with a tiled floor known as a perspectiefje (little perspective), a space used to place a small, treasured object that could be admired from all sides in the mirrors. Such coffers were used for the storage of valuables or jewelry.

Coffer, Pine veneered with ebony and macassar ebony; padauk wood; painted alabaster; ivory; mirror glass, Dutch

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