late 16th century
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General Description

As seen in this dresser, the practice of narrowing and recessing the upper section of a two-section cabinet, adopted from 16th-century Italian furniture, results in a less massive, more graceful design. This cupboard’s relief-carved allegorical panels depict the four seasons, with smaller Spring and Summer panels atop larger Autumn and Winter panels. This early 17th-century Mannerist design is broader and more pictorial than that of the late 16th century cupboard with its strapwork panels and large scale, three dimensional figures. Here the male and female half-figures have palmetted heads similar to those in a design for a buffet by Jacques Androuet Ducerceau. Further, his engravings for silver decoration may have inspired the foliated male masks on the lower drawer fronts.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 156.