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



Height: 29 ins (74 cms)

Width: 67.5 ins (171 cms)

Depth: 28.5 ins (72.5 cms)