Large Portuguese Incised Cedarwood Coffer

10031 A large Portuguese incised cedarwood coffer for the European export market, the rectangular chip carved lid lifting up to reveal a candle box, the sides incised with a unicorn amongst trees, the front panel very finely engraved with scenes from the Old Testament: Susannah and the elders and the testing of Abraham on Mount Moriah, perhaps copied from contemporary Flemish engravings, and resting on the original stepped plinth base.

 

Portuguese colonies, Azores

1650

 

Height: 29 ins (74 cms)

Width: 67.5 ins (171 cms)

Depth: 28.5 ins (72.5 cms)

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