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collector's cabinet

Herman Doomer (in 1640 -1650)

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The drawers of this cabinet are made from whalebone, which has been pressed in a metal mould. Master cabinetmaker Herman Doomer invented this technique and applied for a patent in 1641. Doomer's exceptional craftsmanship earned him a great reputation in Amsterdam; Rembrandt painted portraits of him and his wife. He is the only craftsman to be portrayed by the famous painter.

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Title collector's cabinet
Material and technique Ebony veneer on oak, pressed and colored whalebone, silver, covering with different sorts of wood
Object type
Collector's cabinet > Cabinet > Cupboard > Furniture > Living > Utensil
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 168 cm
Width 105 cm
Depth 54 cm
Artists Meubelmaker: Herman Doomer
Accession number Div. M 90 a-b (KN&V)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt en Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht 2009
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 2009
Age artist Between 45 and 55 years old
Exhibitions Hand Made - Long Live Craft (2013)
External exhibitions Kwab (2018)
Material
Object
Technique
Colored > Colour > Finishing techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Colored > Colour > Finishing techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Press > Pressed > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Press > Pressed > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique

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