Date: Antwerp, 2nd half 17th century

Material: Inlaid lacquer, tortoiseshell, ebony and different species of wood, ivory, mother of pearl

Measurement: 23.5 cm (high), 44.1 cm (wide), 27.9 cm (deep)

The Flemish inlaid lacquer objects seem to be influenced by Japanese Namban lacquers and Anglo-Indian or Luso-Indian lacquer and woodwork, using exotic wood of different colours and inlays of mother of pearl and ivory. The box shows the typical octogonal settings of coloured tortoiseshell on the lid and sides together with the fields of negative inlay that show the red lacquer (shellac) mixed with pieces of marble and mother of pearl surrounding the ornamental scrolls carved out of the ebony.

Rel. Literature: De Kesel, Wilfried/Dhont, Greet: Flemish 17th Century Lacquer Cabinets. Oostkamp 2012; Kopplin, Monika: European Lacquer. München 2010, p.160.