17th Century Dutch Renaissance Oak and Ebony Two-Door Cabinet For Sale
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17th Century Dutch Renaissance Oak and Ebony Two-Door Cabinet


This extraordinary cupboard is made of the finest oak in the tradition of the Dutch Renaissance during the “Dutch golden age” It is a two-door cabinet with a drawer at the bottom. This cabinet is made in the Provence of Utrecht around 1650. The arched doors and sides are typical for this province and this type of cabinet is also known as “Utrechtse Poortkast”. This cabinet is enriched with handsomely carved lions heads and ebony inlaid panels. When this cabinet was made, ebony was more expensive than gold. The amount of ebony on this cabinet makes it a very special piece of furniture. The cabinet has the original hinges and lock. Overall this piece of furniture is in very good antique an authentic condition. It has undergone minor repairs to the top corniche in our workshop. Also, the wax coat was freshened up to restore its original luster. The Dutch golden age The 17th century was an important century for the Netherlands. The region separated from the Spanish Empire and formed its own republic. Dutch merchants established their first colonies in the Americas and opened up trade networks around the world. The Dutch economy flourished as much of Europe's trade began passing through Amsterdam. This money helped foster the arts, leading to the rise of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens. This was the Dutch Golden Age. The strong Dutch economy and celebration of the arts provided the financial and cultural security to inspire middle and upper-class citizens to buy lots of furniture. This was a big change from sparsely furnished homes of medieval times. Dutch patrons demanded high-quality, comfortable, and stylish products, and furniture makers obliged. Dutch furniture of the 17th century was lighter, more comfortable, and more versatile than in many other parts of the world. A key form of Dutch furniture in the 17th century was the cabinet, a taller furniture item that had replaced ground-level medieval chests. Cabinets were essential furniture items in most Dutch homes, as well as in the Dutch colonies. Since cabinets were generally used to hold valuable items like linens or silverware, they were works of art themselves, and we see some of the most important styles of Dutch furniture applied here.


  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1650
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    This cabinet has undergone minor restorations to its upper mold. The overall authenticity is surprisingly good given its age. Extra info dimensions: High 183 cm Wide 133 cm (hull) 151 cm (upper mold) Deep 53 cm (hull) 62 cm (upper mold)
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 72.05 in. x W 59.45 in. x D 24.41 in.H 183 cm x W 151 cm x D 62 cm
  • Seller Location
    Casteren, NL
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