The Hohenzollern Cabinet From Royal Collections


Late 17th Century

An extremely Fine Indo-Portuguese Cabinet

The cabinet is of ebony inlaid with natural and stained ivory. The sumptuously inlaid scrolling design of leaves and flowers incorporates mythical sea creatures and Naginas, secondary gods of the Hindu pantheon who are protective spirits of rivers, lakes and fountains. The Western inspiration for this cross-cultural piece of furniture is that of a 17th century cabinet on stand.

The cabinet is from the Portuguese Royal Collections then the Ferdinand de Saxe-Cobourg and Gotha Collections, Sigmaringen Chateau then Chateau de Monrepos. The initials F.R are found on a brass plaque and make reference to Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha who married a Portuguese Infanta.

Luxury Goods from India A Jaffer, Victoria & Albert Museum 2002
Mobiliari Vol 2 Freire, Lisbon 2002er

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