Table Cabinet with Allegorical Figures
Table Cabinet with Allegorical Figures, ca. 1625
Ebony, ebonized wood, and ivory over a pine core
21 7/8 × 26 1/2 × 12 1/2 in. (55.56 × 67.31 × 31.75 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.70
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Elaborate cabinets such as this one were created to store valuable objects. This cabinet, with its numerous secret compartments and mirror concealed inside the hinged lid, was likely made to hold jewelry. The cabinet is inlaid with ivory and features the three theological virtues—faith, charity, and hope (pictured from left to right)—suggesting that concern with worldly goods like jewelry must be balanced by strong faith, a tension that is explored in many artworks of this period.
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 98, cat. 42, color illus. p. 99.
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.