A Dutch 18th century burr walnut display cabinet

Period:
18th century
Dimensions:
239 x 183 x 45 cm
Reference:
100-498

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A Dutch 18th century burr walnut display cabinet

The porcelain cabinet is the most characteristic piece of furniture from the Dutch 18th century.
Porcelain collecting had taken off in the 17th century with the hijacking 
of Portuguese cargo ships in 1602 and 1604. The porcelain cargoes, consisting of 
more than a hundred thousand pieces were auctioned in Amsterdam and Middelburg.
Wealthy citizens at the time could afford to collect porcelain.
First, the porcelain was displayed in and on sideboards, in small open 
wall cabinets, on ledges and consoles on either side of the chimney breast and 
even in special rooms made for furnishing with porcelain. This development 
continued in the 18th century with the china cabinet.
The china cabinet on high legs is the beginning of this type of furniture.
This china cabinet was made at the beginning of the 18th century, of oak 
veneered with walnut burr walnut, with the old patina and with engraved 
brass fittings.
The two small doors on the side of the lower cabinet, intended as a 
storage space makes this cabinet special.
Dutch, circa 1735
 
Literature:
Dutch furniture, from Baroque to Biedermeier 1700-1830 by Annigje Hofstede, 
publisher Waanders, page 41
 
 

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