Augsburg, early 17th century
Ebonized fruit wood with gilt and partly silvered bronze applications, on the inside wallpapered with its original marble paper.
Above the socle-zone with one wide drawer, two doors are hiding the elaborate interior decoration with eight little drawers on the side of the central aedicula, in whose shell-shaped niche stands a almost fully plastic figure of Lady Justice.
In the stepped upper finishing is a hinged respectively deferrable case.
A secret case on the back side is unlockable with a hidden mechanism upon the figure.
The pompous, finely chiselled and broken applications on the fronts and door fillings in the form of lush flower bouquets are of very high quality.
The wonderfully preserved miniature piece of furniture probably served the storage of precious valuables, letters and souvenirs.
Height 34 cm, width 28,5 cm, depth 22,5 cm.
Himmelheber/Kreisel. “Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels“. Munich 1973, Volume 1, pictures 358-363.