Maker: Attributed to Jan van Mekeren (Dutch, Tiel ca. 1658–1733 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1700–10
Culture: Dutch, Amsterdam
Medium: Oak veneered with rosewood, olivewood, ebony, holly, tulipwood, barberry and other partly green-stained marquetry woods
Dimensions: Overall: 70 1/4 × 53 7/8 × 22 7/16 in. (178.4 × 136.8 × 57 cm)
Credit Line: Ruth and Victoria Blumka Fund, 1995
Accession Number: 1995.371a, b
This cabinet is the smallest but most pictorial of seven similar known examples attributed to cabinetmaker van Mekeren. Specializing in the production of luxurious marquetry furniture for Amsterdam patricians, van Mekeren excelled in the skillful use of different woods to create a refined polychromy. Dutch floral marquetry may well have been developed about 1650 by Pierre Gole (ca. 1620–1684), a cabinetmaker from the Netherlands who worked at the French court. This glorious piece of furniture, with its large bouquets of naturalistic flowers echoing contemporary still-life paintings, represents the culmination of this marquetry tradition.