Courtly pen cabinet - Dresden, around 1750 - Workshop Michael Kimmel (1715-1794)




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Dresden, around 1750

Workshop Michael Kimmel (1715-1794).

Kimmel worked after his apprenticeship in Zittau

for six years at the Imperial Court in Vienna. In

Dresden he was for the court carpenter Peter Hesse

and Johann Petany. Hesse always emphasized the

extraordinary quality of his works and

his knowledge of both the English and

of the French carpentry and joinery trade, and

so Kimmel 1751 is called the Royal Cabinet

I've hired a carpenter.

One over and over with fittings and mother-of-pearl inlays

but identical in the basic form.

Kimmel's writing cabinet from the former

Collection of Baron Mayer de Rothschild

is now housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum

(Inv.-No. W.63-1977).

Behind the doors of the attachment there are numerous

Compartments and drawers for storing letters,

Documents and writing utensils. The

refinement of the hiding places reveals the masterly

Handwriting of the courtebenist Michael Kimmel.

walnut and walnut burl veneered with band inlays

and profile edges in olive and elm, which are

Drawers in alder. Chased and gold-plated

Brass fittings.

Height 235 cm, width 130 cm, depth 70 cm.

Cf. Haase, G., Dresden furniture of the 18th century,

Leipzig 1983, Cat. No. 95.



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