A spectacular Continental late 18th century Louis XIV st. ebonized fruitwood, walnut, rosewood, tortoise shell, and ivory specimen cabinet.The masterfully crafted cabinet is raised by its original base with six handsome ebonized fruitwood square tapered legs and three drawers. Each leg displays fine tortoise shell and walnut inlays, squared mottled topie shaped feet below block reserves with fine fitted pierced gilt metal mounts. The unique square tapered turned stretcher connects the legs and also displays attractive walnut inlays. The three drawers at the frieze each display two impressive and finely executed tortoise shell and ivory inlayed panels depicting hunting and country scenes, with foliate gilt metal keyhole escutcheons.
The top portion is raised by six magnificent gilt metal claw feet clasping an ebonized fruitwood sphere. Above the mottled support, the main body of the cabinet displays eight stunning drawers at each side. The drawers display two tortoise shell and ivory inlaid panels, flanking the decorative pierced gilt metal keyhole escutcheon with foliate and satyr mask design.
At the center, above one drawer is the superb large central door richly decorated with an impressive tortoise shell crowned lion holding a family crest and set in an arch with a detailed ivory castle in the background. Intricate foliate and floral patterns of inlaid tortoise shell and ivory inlay are centered by tortoise shell columns with fine pierced gilt metal plinths.
The door is also finished on the inside with inlaid ivory geometric patterns. The door opens to reveal the original hardware and five additional drawers, each decorated with extremely well executed ebony and ivory inlaid panels of charming birds. Each side is also finished with decorative inlaid patterns of interlocking ebonized fruitwood half circles and heart shaped ivory inlays. The elaborate top crown displays an impressive pierced gilt iron gallery of wonderful foliate movements and crowned masks set in a mottled ebonized fruitwood border with striking finials at each corner. The elegantly shaped top central panel displays scrolled pierced gilt iron movements down each side. At the center is a most impressive tortoise shell and ivory double headed heraldic eagle, with a coat of arms and a castle in the background. The eagle is framed by ten individual plaques of hunters and birds.