Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft
Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft
Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft
Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft
Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft
Grosses Buffet der Basler Gartnernzunft

Great sideboard of the Gartnerzunft

(gardeners' and grocers' guild) Matthias Müller, Basle, 1710
Carcase: softwood
veneer: walnut
height 344 cm, width 230 cm, depth 72.5 cm
Inv. 1901.54.

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1404px x 1713px
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This magnificent example of Baroque display furniture, measuring almost 3.5 m in height, was the centerpiece of the large guildhall of the Basle guild 'zu Gartnern' (gardeners and grocers), which was newly decorated in 1710. The carved crown is decorated with the arms of the guild, as well as the coat of arms of the old and new masters of the guild, Philipp Dienast and Leonhard Felber; the latter was the donor of the sideboard. Found in bourgeois households in Basle from about 1530, the so called 'Italian' buffet or sideboard was used to contain and exhibit precious tableware and as a dresser. The architectural articulation with broken forward double columns of a classical order, not spiral columns, the heavily moulded motifs of the panels, reminiscent of Baroque bastions, and the deep carving are characteristic features of this late example. The buffet of the Basle Safranzunft (merchants' guild) of 1664 in Berlin/Kopenick is an early counterpart.

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