17th Century German Renaissance Fassadenschrank Mixed Wood Armoire
Monumental mid-17th century architectural German Renaissance Fassadenschrank style armoire. This masterpiece was entirely hand-crafted from solid wood showcasing an exquisite one-of-a-kind cabinetmaker work seen nowhere else except in Germany during the 16th and 17th centuries. This cabinetmaking was only allowed in an exclusive guild circle of German artisans. The armoire showcases a Roman Empire influence with its architectural facade front having two large storage drawers at the bottom supporting the two-door cabinet with a hallow cornice top. The elaborate cabinet has been masterfully balanced by combining carvings with layers and different shapes of inlaid and banded, intricate ornaments, selecting woods of different colors with finely, figured graining to create a jewel-like, statement piece. The mixed fruitwood inlays contrast beautifully with the ebonized trims showcasing a naturally aged warm patina with rich grains. The facade front was made of maple, walnut, oak, ash, and fruitwood. Typical for the style and period the inlaid doors come with their original wrought-iron handles. The armoire is supported by four carved bun feet. Solid and stable with excellent joinery and craftsmanship with a Traditional German Renaissance profile.
- Origin: Munich, Germany
- Dimensions: W 68.75" x D 27" x H 82.75"
- Condition: Good, minor wear consistent with age and use. Excellent joinery and craftsmanship with age-appropriate wear, and natural age splits in the wood. The armoire comes without a skeleton key.