Unknown author17th century

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

Chests are among the oldest pieces in the history of furniture.
They were not only used for storing a wide range of different
goods, but they could also be used as tables, seats or even
beds. They were to be found in their largest numbers in
16th and 17th-century inventories, displaying a variety of
techniques, forms and decorations that revealed different
aesthetic and cultural influences, and offering a range of
interpretations that went far beyond the simple object itself.
A good example is provided by this exceptional chest made
of Brazilian rosewood and vinhatico, displaying gilt brass
mounts that evoke clear oriental influences.

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  • Title: Chest
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Location Created: Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 93.5 cm x 163.5 cm x 77.5 cm
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 1452 Mov
  • Medium: Vinhatico, Brazilian rosewood and gilt-brass