Enclosing ten small drawers and a central compartment behind its fall front, this collector’s cabinet was used to store precious objects and personal documents. Its exterior and interior surfaces are richly decorated. The central scene on the front represents the dramatic rescue of Andromeda. Chained to a rock, King Cepheus’ daughter was freed by Perseus, who, wearing flying sandals, wielded his sword to slay the sea monster.
Museum Accession (source unknown; at an unknown date to MMA)
Artist: Marquetry by Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, 1639–1715, active France)Date: ca. 1685Medium: Oak, pine, walnut veneered with ebony, rosewood, and marquetry of tortoiseshell and engraved brass; gilt bronze and steelAccession: 1986.365.3On view in:Gallery 531
Artist: Attributed to Herman Doomer (Dutch, Anrath ca. 1595–1650 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1640–50Medium: Oak veneered with ebony, snakewood, rosewood, kingwood, cedar and other woods; mother-of-pearl, ivory, green stained boneAccession: 2011.181On view in:Gallery 636
Artist: Stammer & Breul (active mid-19th century)Date: 1855Medium: Oak and pine veneered with rosewood, tulipwood, ebony and ebonized wood, and micromosaic decoration of various natural and stained woods; modern silk-velvet; coated brassAccession: 2008.452a, bOn view in:Gallery 554
Artist: Attributed to Jan van Mekeren (Dutch, Tiel ca. 1658–1733 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1700–1710Medium: Oak veneered with rosewood, olivewood, ebony, holly, tulipwood, barberry and other partly green-stained marquetry woodsAccession: 1995.371a, bOn view in:Gallery 636