A very fine and rare carved oak and ebony "Six Statue cupboard", Dutch, second quarter of the 17th century.
This piece has a cavetto cornice above a double frieze carved with scrolling foliage and a fruit-filled vase. The cornice is interposed by human masks, with warriors on the corners. Under the frieze are four doors with six carved panels. Between the panels are carvings depicting the Virtues, female figures that each have specific attributes: one with two babies (Love), one with an anchor and a parrot (Hope), one with a glass of wine and water (Thriftiness), one with a scale and sword (Justice), one with a serpent and mirror (Prudence), and the last one with a column (Strength).
The upper section of the cupboard is interposed by three female figures depicting Spring, Summer and Autumn. The lower section has one female and two male figures. The female is Judith with the head of Holofernus (or Herodias with the head of John the Baptist), and the other figure is David with the head of Goliath in his hand. The male figure in the middle is King David, holding a scepter and shield. The lower statues are on demi-lune plinths and they are carved with putty masks. Under King David is a standing figure of a child surrounded by fruit. These are all above a long drawer carved with scrolling foliage interposed by lion masks, on flattened bun feet.
Measurements: 205 cm (80.5 inches) high, 167 cm (65.5 inches) wide, 81 cm (32 inches) deep.