Seller: jefjackson62 (84) 100%, Location: Rye, East Sussex, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 381847019039 Product Type: Cabinets, Original/Reproduction: Original, Age: Pre-1800, Style: Italian, Material: Various, Details: A fine 17th century / early 18th Century break fronted Cabinet on stand dating from c 1700. The galleried top with pierced Ormolu metalwork and mouldings surmounted by Gilt brass decorative Eagles above a thick ebonized frieze moulding above a deep layered central door of architectural design with flowing fruitwood inlays, Tortoise shell inlays and Tortoise shell columns tipped in brass and with various decorative ormolu mounts the central focus being an Ormolu sculpture of Christ. The interior with four drawers with decorative Satin wood stringing. Flanking the central door, six drawers with Olive wood surround, fine flowing fruitwood inlay and Tortoise shell panels set within ebonized mouldings, the drawers with Ormolu escutcheons, locks and key that turns all locks.The sides, paneled Olive wood with Satin wood stringing. The cabinet standing on a thick ebonized moulded base supported on six Ormolu Eagle claw and ball feet.The cabinet trestle base of conforming breakfront form with an edge of chequered ebony supported on four turned legs united by hand forged additional Iron support. In excellent condition displaying various minor marks, scratches, wear and abrasions consistent with age and use. Two drawer escutcheons are replacements of similar style and age. A very fine piece of furniture probably originating in the Naples region of Italy. This cabinet is typical of the Baroque style prevalent in the 17th Century which celebrated form over function. Cabinets such as these being available to only the most wealthy families to house their collections of valuables. The cabinets became a piece of art in themselves. During the 17th century - successive Popes commissioned architects and artists to build magnificent new buildings and monuments in Rome - to complete the redevelopment of the city. New churches were erected, palazzos rebuilt and fountains and statues constructed - creating a dynamic symbol of the power and wealth of the Catholic Church.This theatrical sculptural expression of grandeur and luxury was expressed in architecture, paintings, the decorative arts and also in music - and became known as the Baroque style. Rulers and artists came from all over Europe to admire the city and its works of art and handmade furniture, then returned to their own countries where they created their own interpretations of the new, anti-Classic style.Spain, Portugal and Germany were strongly influenced by the Baroque style, but in northern countries, such as the Low Countries and England, the style was quieter and more restrained.