The Marie de Medici Cabinet (cabinet on stand), c.1630-69, remodelled c.1840-55, Paris, ebony, veneered on pine, poplar and walnut carcase, stringing in ivory and pewter, V&A.
Cabinets on stands were fashionable in France from about 1630. This example is exceptional due to the incredible richness of its decoration. This cabinet has traditionally been associated with Marie de Medici, wife of Henri IV of France, although no firm evidence exists for that claim. In the 19th century, the cabinet was in the collection of the Rothschild family, at a time when historical items were often embellished to appeal to collectors. It is possible then that a lot of the rich decoration dates from this period, rather than being original.
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