ANVERS SECONDE MOITIÉ DU XVIIe SIÈCLE
PLATE HEALTHCASE Circa 1650-1700
Ebony, lacquer inlaid with coloured vegetable resins, marble chips and mother-of-pearl
H. 81 cm, W. 61 cm, D. 39,5 cm
This small ebony middle table inlaid with coloured resins, marble chips and mother-of-pearl, has a tilting octagonal top supported by an ebony shaft turned on three scroll glides. It is adorned with a rich decoration of scrolls, mantling and volutes. The rim is underlined with ivory and ebony.
The same work is found on the runners. The motifs used are reminiscent of the polychrome wood marquetry "tableaux de fleurs" that made the great cities of Northern Europe famous in the 17th century. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London conserves a cabinet-table set from Antwerp from the second half of the 17th century using a similar technique. The stylised vegetal ornamentation and the border, especially of the table (figs. 1 & 2), a 'ribbon' motif alternating the whiteness of ivory and the blackness of ebony, are similar to our table.
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