A rare late 17th century Wunderkammer – a magnificent cabinet, for collections of exotic and rare objects. Itself, conceived as a magnificent and rare object, veneered in exotic Pacific red tortoiseshell, ebony, walnut and gilt copper repousse.
The whole in the form of a Roman Palladian temple devoted to Minerva, Roman Goddess of the Arts and Sciences, with gyrating Mannerist figures, guarding the pediment.
With numerous drawers, central door concealing further drawers, in exotic marquetry. Rare in original condition, with original cresting and stand. The plain stand conceived, as evidenced by paintings of collector’s rooms, to be covered in exotic fabric, or a Holbein rug.
The Wunderkammer or Collector’s Cabinet, from c 1450 was the expression of the dreams, containment and understanding of the known world, and individual knowledge.
Rome c 1680.
Price inc GST $33,000
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