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Sacristy cabinet

Like many of his contemporaries, the historian Benedetto Dei (1418–1492) admired the illusionistic effects that the Florentine artisans who specialized in wood inlay, or intarsia, were achieving. In his Memorie... more

Portable Cabinet with Drawers

This cabinet belongs to a category of goods known as nanban (literally, "southern barbarians"), which were produced in Japan in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries for trade with Portugal and oth... more

Cabinet of Drawers with Birds and Flowers

The Portuguese and Spanish who visited Japan during the Momoyama period were fascinated by the beauty and exotic appearance of luxurious gold-decorated lacquerwares associated with the taste of warlord Toyotomi... more

Cabinet with Design of Stylized Tortoiseshell Patterns

Often referred to as medicine chests, boxes such as this one, with a front cover and interior drawers, were also designed for traveling. The dramatic rendering of stylized tortoiseshells on the exterior is matc... more


This meticulously crafted wooden jewel pendant was probably intended as a display piece for a Kunstkammer, or collector's cabinet (see 25.135.112), demonstrating the technical skill of its maker (see 17.190.643... more

Portable Writing Cabinet with Tokugawa Family Crests, Chrysanthemums, and Foliage Scrolls

This portable writing box has three drawers; the two upper ones are for paper and documents, while the one at the bottom holds the inkstone, water dropper, and brushes. The cabinet is elaborately decorated with... more

Cabinet with scenes from the Life of Joseph

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrations of biblical stories served as didactic examples of moral behavior. The life of Joseph might represent love of the family while individual episodes c... more

Cabinet with personifications of the Five Senses

Raised work, or stumpwork as it is sometimes called, developed in England during the early seventeenth century, and was characterized by its high relief. The technique was used to create pictures and to decorat... more

Cabinet with Drawers in Nanban (Southern Barbarian) Style

late Momoyama (1573–1615)–early Edo period (1615–1868)

Ivory Panel from a Cabinet with Flowers and Birds

This plaque was probably once part of an ivory‑veneered cabinet, perhaps made for export to the Netherlands, where cabinets with floral designs made of exotic wood and materials were popular. Attributed to Indi... more

Miniature collector's cabinet

Trophies of arms and musical instruments decorate the drawer fronts, while the central door panel shows Orpheus playing before Pluto and Proserpine to regain Eurydice from the Underworld. The composition is bas... more

Cabinet (Fassadenschrank)

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Central Europe, the term “woodworker” did not define a single trade. Instead, there were cabinetmakers and chairmakers, each represented by their own guild. The... more

Barberini Cabinet

"The Barberini family in the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries presents a virtual paradigm of the well-managed Roman family. The Barberini recognized that the way to power and wealth lay through the Chu... more

Cabinet with Design of Pine, Bamboo, and Cherry Blossom

Well-born Japanese brides brought elaborate sets of household articles in gold- and silver-sprinkled lacquer to their new homes. Their trousseaux usually contained writing implements, tea utensils, toiletry art... more

Cabinet for Incense, Nest of Boxes, Tray

This personal cabinet for the pastime of comparing fragrances is decorated with motifs that evoke seasonal fragrances. On the nested boxes, the plum blossom evokes the delicate scent that gladdens winter and au... more

Incense Cabinet with Various Birds

Edo period (1615–1868)

Cabinet with Design of Chrysanthemum by a Stream

This cabinet, part of a wedding trousseau, comprised of thirty-one pieces, represents late Edo-period maki-e (decoration in gold and/or silver sprinkled powder) art at its finest. The Shimazu family, lords of S... more

Cabinet for the Toilet and Bedclothes

Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823) Edo period (1615–1868)


The sophisticated ripple moldings on the cabinet’s exterior playfully bring out the lustrous quality of the severe black ebony. Other tropical veneers as well as inlays of mother-of-pearl and green-stained horn... more

Unfinished cabinet panels

Rare unfinished pieces of embroidery like this one can reveal much about the process of planning and executing needlework. In this case, the squares and rectangles were intended to be cut out and applied to a w... more

An Artist Painting a Heraldic Shield in a Cabinet of Curiosities

Monogrammist FA (Northern European, dated 1664)

Cabinet with scenes from the Story of Esther

During the seventeenth century biblical stories featuring heroines such as Esther, who courageously interceded on behalf of her people with her husband, the Persian king Ahasuerus (depicted on the lid), were po... more


The ornamentation composed of applied elements and geometric patterns of moldings on the door of this small cabinet achieves a distinctly architectural effect. Several different kinds of wood were employed; ori... more

Wig cabinet (cabinet de coiffure)

This wig cabinet is one of the most elaborate examples of its kind, a work of great refinement and supreme craftsmanship.[1] The exterior is decorated with extremely fine boulle marquetry, which retains many of... more

Design for a Cabinet or Console

Anonymous, French, 18th century

Cabinet with Design of Butterflies

Butterflies and flowers are often found in the visual arts of China and the Ryūkyū Islands in the eighteenth century. The butterflies decorating this cabinet were painted in black and gold lacquer and inlaid wi... more


In 1688 the Parisian cabinetmaker Auburtin Gaudron, who worked for the French court after the death of Pierre Gole (ca. 1620–1684), delivered for Louis XIV's apartment at the Château de Marly a "large and beaut... more