Venetian Cabinet

Venetian Cabinet

Venetian Cabinet

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Venice, circa 1550
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The Venetian cabinet is another example, and one of the must sumptuous, of the close companionship created in the 16th century between furniture and architecture. Its composition immediately calls to mind Palladio, particularly his Olympic Theater of Vicenza. As much as the innumerable embroidered arcades of the balustrades frame scenes painted in mother-of-pearl, similar to the small windows unveiling for us the animated and colourful life of an unknown world. These multi-layered façades are punctuated by blue-bottomed niches, decorated with gilded metal statues. In the centre, a sort of apse is topped of with a half dome. This joyful proliferation contains dozens of miniature drawers that are opened by pulling on small rings fixed to lions’ muzzles. The whole thing is entirely covered with mother-of-pearl plates painted with gold arabesques and colourful flowers. The cabinet, depository of precious objects, is in itself a jewel.