Dutch Marquetry Cabinet on Stand

Master’s Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge.

This imposing Dutch Cabinet & Stand dating from 1680 -1700 is a very good example of a type typically made in Amsterdam, Holland towards the end of the 17th century. These cabinets were specifically designed to provide ample space for decorated surfaces, in this case to demonstrate the skill and expertise in the technique of marquetry [floral decoration] & parquetry [geometric decoration].

The cabinet & stand are constructed from solid oak, pinewood and olive-wood for the barley twist columns and bun feet. Decorative marquetry woods used include: Olive from Europe & Asia, Ebony from India & Africa, Ivory from Africa, India, Thailand, etc, Walnut from Europe, Padouk from Africa & Asia, Purpleheart from Central & S.America, Holly from Europe. The circular patterned pieces of marquetry that cover much of the cabinet and stand are known as ` oysters ` – Olive-wood sliced through like a loaf of bread or cut at an angle and then glued down to provide a distinctive surface.

AAMR was commissioned to replace missing veneer and marquetry, water damage to the finish and to turn new bun feet for the stand, the originals having been removed in the past.