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Table Cabinet


Maker of cabinet Boscher, Elias (Maker)
Maker of hardstone panels Grand Ducal Workshops (Maker)


Ebony table cabinet with fourteen drawers and forty-four secret drawers and compartments, veneered with varous woods, pietra dura plaques, and with silver-gilt mounts

The cabinet is of 'architectural' form, and on shaped bracket feet. The upper most part has three fitted freize drawers above a large central cupboard door. There is an architectural pediment, inset with a panel depicting a chaffinch on fruiting bough, which is flanked by columns of Smaragdite Gabbro with Corinthian capitals. This is flanked by two deep drawers, which are inset with panels depicting parrots on fruiting boughs. Below are another three fitted drawers.
The central cupboard encloses an architectural interior, and the door is inset with a panel of a flower filled urn in lapis lazuli, from which issues stems including a carnation, daffodil, lillies, and anemone. This is flanked by further Smaragdite Gabbro columns. There are three drawers to each side of the cupboard, inset with symmetrical floral panels, which include tulips, roses, lillies, carnations and bluebells.
Each side of the cabinet is inset with a large central panel, depicting parrots on fruiting boughs, with another four panels above and below. The reverse is veneered in geometric stellar designs, using kingwood, amaranth, and stained walnut.


History note: Amost certainly purchased by Sir Charles Henry Coote, 9th Baronet (1792-1864) for Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland, before 1841; Sir Charles Henry Coote, 10th Baronet (1815-1895);The Rev. Sir Algernon Coote, 11th Baronet (1817-1899); Sir Algernon Charles Plumptre Coote, 12th Baronet (1847-1920), last member of family at Ballyfin; by descent to present owner; sold Bonham’s, New Bond Street, London, 5 December 2014, European Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art, lot 20.

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Purchased with funds from the Monument Trust, the Monica Beck Legacy, the Abbott Fund, and the Gow Purchase Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 40 cm
Height: 85 cm
Width: 84 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany
  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2014-12-05) by Bonhams


Third quarter of 17th century
Production date: circa AD 1660

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mounts composed of silver-gilt Carcase Reverse composed of kingwood amaranth walnut Columns composed of smaragdite gabbro Inlay composed of lapis lazuli Carcase composed of ebony Front And Ends

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Elias Boscher/gemacht
  • Location: On underside of cabinet
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: On central cabochon mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: EBEN with pinecone
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Town mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-2014
Primary reference Number: 200918
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Created: Tuesday 3 March 2015 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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