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Display Cabinet (Kabinettschrank)

Object Details

Title:

Display Cabinet (Kabinettschrank)

Artists/Makers:

Unknown

Three wood carvings by Albert Jansz. Vinckenbrinck (Dutch, about 1604 - 1664/1665)

Culture:

German

Place:

Augsburg, Germany (Place Created)

Date:

about 1630

Medium:

Ebony and other tropical and European woods, porphyry, gemstones, marble, pewter, ivory, bone, tortoiseshell, enamel, mirror glass, brass, and painted stone

Object Number:

89.DA.28

Dimensions:

73 × 57.9 × 59.1 cm, 53.0709 kg (28 3/4 × 22 13/16 × 23 1/4 in., 117 lb.)

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Object Description

Each of the four sides of this cabinet opens to reveal an unexpectedly complex series of drawers. Collectors from the early 1600s would have used cabinets of this kind to store such rare and exotic objects as medals, gems, or shells.

The cabinet, however, was conceived as a work of art in its own right. Various masters would have executed the cabinet's diverse decoration, although only one can be named: the Dutch carver Albert Jansz. Vinckenbrinck signed several of the fruitwood reliefs on one side with his monogram, [AL] [VB]. Each drawer is richly embellished in a variety of techniques and materials showing biblical, allegorical, historical, and mythological subjects. These include the symbols of the Passion, Judith and Holofernes, the contest of Apollo and Marsyas, the deaths of Cleopatra and Lucretia, and two Renaissance-style portrait medallions. The number of subjects in which women figure prominently may have served a cautionary or moralizing function, while the religious themes express a concern for Christian virtue.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
XIVe Biennale Internationale des Antiquaires (September 22 to October 9, 1988)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (Paris), September 22 to October 9, 1980
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen (November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 3, 2002
Art of the Royal Court (July 1 to September 21, 2008)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), July 1 to September 21, 2008
Bibliography
Bibliography

Alfter, Dieter. Die Geschichte des Augsburger Kabinettschranks (Augsburg: Historischer Verein für Schwaben, 1985), pp. 69-70, no. 23, pls. 56-58.

"Acquisitions/1989." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 18 (1990), pp. 196-97, no. 58.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 213.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 226, no. 393, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 257, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 45, no. 32, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 257, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 196-97, no. 392, ill.

Stafford, Barbara Maria. "Artificial Intensity: Images, Instruments, and the Technology of Amplification." In Collaboration, Laboratory, Theater: Scenes of Knowledge in the 17th Century. Helmar Schramm et al., eds. (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005), pp. 340-44, fig. 2.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), pp. 202-3, ill.

Koeppe, Wolfram, and Annamaria Giusti. Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 242-45, no. 79, entry by Detlef Heikamp.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 8th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 248-49, ill.