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This very elaborate cabinet is made of expensive materials such as ebony and ivory, the import of which was controlled by the Spanish government ruling Naples. It has an ivory-veneered and engraved interior with several compartments, a speciality of Neapolitan craftsmen such as Gennaro Piciato and Jacopo de Curtis. The exterior is decorated with mother-of-pearl foliage with birds and hunting figures, which were influenced by German engravings of the 1590s.

Cabinet About 1600 © Compton VerneyPhoto by Prudence Cuming Associates-Ltd

Cabinet About 1600 © Compton Verney

Cabinet About 1600 © Compton Verney

Neapolitan Cabinet About 1600 © Compton Verney

Neapolitan cabinet, open About 1600 © Compton Verney

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