Prominently placed in grand baroque interiors, cabinets-on­stand were highly prized for their sculptural decoration, imported veneers, and their startling illusionism. Their tops provided ideal display surfaces for Chinese porcelains, bronze statuettes, and other objets d'art.
The cabinet doors, elaborately carved in relief, illustrate events in Greco-Roman mythology, French literature, ancient history, and the Bible. Scenes from the Old Testament story of Susannah and the Elders decorate the doors of this cabinet. Inside are shallow drawers where small precious objects, such as medals and jewels, could be stored. A second set of doors at center conceals a miniature stagelike setting, contrived of mirrors, malachite, and marquetries of exotic woods and stained horn.
Artist French
  • Cabinet
Date between 1610 and 1643
Medium exterior: ebony veneer on pine and walnut carcass; interior: kingwood, amaranth, ebony, holly, green-died horn, mirrors, and gilt bronze
Dimensions Overall: 81 1/4 × 75 × 25 inches (206.4 × 190.5 × 63.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from the Friends of K. T. Keller in honor of his 70th birthday
Accession Number 55.458
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: 17th Century French, Level 2 (see map)
French Art Galleries, Inc (Dealer)
Payne, Elizabeth H. "Two Late Renaissance Cabinets." Bulletin of the DIA 36, 1 (1956-57): pp. 6-10 (ill.).

cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26 (1931): pp. 232-236.