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Table Cabinet

The earliest cabinets, known as table cabinets, were created for the storage of papers, jewels, and other valuables.  Designed to stand on tables or other chests, they came into fashion in the 16th century, although later on cabinets with their own legs were also produced.  Cabinets were important pieces of furniture, especially due to the value of their contents, and as such precious woods were used, and the best craftsmanship was lavished on their production.  Consequentially, the cabinetmaker became a very highly regarded craftsman.  The cabinet was ultimately to grow in size, and was often the most dominant piece of furniture in the room.  In Tuscany, table cabinets were made with inlaid architectural decoration, while Spanish cabinets were made with Moorish-inspired marquetry, as well as in ebony with parquetry.  In Augsburg, they had stylised Mannerist marquetry, with depictions of architectural ruins and mythical beasts.  The drawers of the featured table cabinet include glass painted panels with mythological scenes.


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