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Council table

Johann Christian Frisch, Basel, 1675
Solid walnut with inlaid mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony and pewter
H 85 x W 116 x L 184 cm (348 cm when pulled out)
Inv. 1894.490.

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This magnificent table went on display at the Haus zur Mücke together with other rarities from the Amerbach Cabinet in the very same year as it was handed over to the ruling council. In other words, it was never actually used as a council table or even as a representative piece of furniture in the Rathaus. The superb carving and exquisite inlay are the work of J. C. Frisch of Linz, who submitted the table as his masterpiece as a journeyman “table-maker” in 1675. After presenting it to the city as a gift, he was forgiven citizenship dues of 100 gulden. The feet carved in the round show pairs of lions, basilisks, cherubs and “wild men” holding escutcheons, while the inlaid frieze on the tabletop depicts allegories of the twelve months of the year and Basel’s twelve allies in the Swiss Confederacy, as well as an inscription praising Basel as the most fortunate republic in all of Helvetia.

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