Panels such as this—with its extraordinary patterns in long repeats—were called "bizarre" by the Danish scholar Slomann, who believed they were made in India. Most scholars consider them an exotic phase in the history of European silk weaving.
Friedrich Fischbach , Wiesbaden, Germany (until 1909; sold to MMA)
Artist: Date: ca. 1730–35 Accession Number: 25.134.1a, b Date: ca. 1730–35Medium: Pine; carved, painted, gilded, and varnished linden wood decorated with colored decoupage prints; mirror glass; the inside of the fall front lined wiht silk not original to the secretaryAccession: 25.134.1a, bOn view in:Gallery 507