This beautiful and rare three door enfilade buffet comes from northern Europe, most likely the Netherlands or Flanders. Flanders is the Dutch speaking area of Belgium that was an independent country in the mid-1600’s when this buffet was produced. During the Dutch Golden Age (roughly 1588-1672), the Dutch were dominant forces in science, art and business. The Dutch East India Company was the preeminent European trading company and had many routes to Asia and India.
Extended periods of international trading led to “cultural exchange”, a phenomenon where two civilizations transfer culture, ideas and traditions upon each other. The Asian influence can be seen in this enfilade, as it is adorned with mascarons wearing feathers and head wraps. This is in line with the new style of the time: Chinoiserie, which was the European interpretation of Asian life, that began in the mid-17th century.
The mascarons on the three doors are surrounded by a series of veneers, which include ebonized wood, tortoiseshell and undulating listello. The doors are flanked by mascarons wearing feathers that sit on top of fruited margents. Above each door is a drawer with brass pulls and interlaced keyplates. Flanking the drawers are the mascarons wearing head wraps. The buffet is constructed out of oak wood, which is consistent with furniture from northern Europe.
This lovely 17th century enfilade buffet will be the focal point of any area it is placed in.
CONDITION: Good. Age separations, rub, nicks, minor losses of wood, wear and losses to some motifs. Top has openings to what probably was another section. Old markings to top.