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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
This ebony veneered cabinet inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl can be seen as a forerunner to the museum. Collectors would have kept curiosities in it such as rare shells and stones. The tulip motif was a symbol of wealth in Holland in the seventeenth century as tulip bulbs fetched enormous sums of money.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen owns two cabinets by Herman Doomer. Originally from Germany, Doomer started working as a cabinetmaker in Amsterdam in 1613. He was very inventive in his use of material: the drawers of the ‘Collectors Cabinet’ (1640-1650) are made of baleen or whalebone, which was pressed in a metal mould. Doomer developed a special technique that enabled him to incorporate this by-product of the flourishing whaling industry of the time as a decorative element in his furniture. He also used different types of tropical wood, which he decorated with images or fine marquetry of mother-of-pearl and ivory. Doomer was so much respected that he and his wife were both painted by Rembrandt.
material and technique: cedarwood, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl
kind of object: collector's cabinet
creditline: Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
inventory number: Div. M 17 (KN&V)