This ebony veneered cabinet inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl can be seen as a forerunner to the museum. Collectors would have kept curiosities in it such as rare shells and stones. The tulip motif was a symbol of wealth in Holland in the seventeenth century as tulip bulbs fetched enormous sums of money.
Where is the whalebone?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Thanks for your question. The 24 drawers inside the cabinet are decorated with a delicate pattern executed in whale-bone - which was readily available as a result of the flourishing whaling industry at the time. Herman Doomer himself, devised the process of pressing the material into a metal mold and colouring it. In 1641 he applied for a patent for this method. Best, Rianne
Thank you. Your question has been submitted.
Unfortunately something has gone wrong while sending your question. Please try again.
|Material and technique||Cedarwood, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl|
Collector's cabinet > Cabinet > Cupboard > Furniture > Living > Utensil
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 132 cm
Height 183 cm
Depth 52 cm
|Accession number||Div. M 17 a-d (KN&V)|
|Credits||Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958|
|Department||Applied Arts & Design|
|Age artist||Between 40 and 55 years old|
|Collector||Collector / D.G. van Beuningen|
|Geographical origin||The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
Please note: The metadata of this object have not been checked.
Contact a curator if something seems incorrect.
All about the artist
Anrath circa 1595 - Amsterdam 1650
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen owns two cabinets by Herman Doomer. Originally from Germany, Doomer started working as a cabinetmaker in Amsterdam in 1613. He was...Bekijk het volledige profiel