Täfer und Buffet aus dem Haus Bärenfelserhof

Panelling and sideboard from the Haus zur Isenburg, Martinsgasse 18

dated 1607
Franz Pergo, Basle
Oak, walnut, ash, maple
wall panelling, height 305 cm; sideboard, height 279cm, width 184 cm, depth 63 cm
Inv. 1879.105.
Inv. 1914.200.

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The merchant Johann Lucas Iselin, trading in spices and arms, also called 'reiche Iselin' (rich Iselin), bought the Haus zur Isenberg on the corner of Martinsgasse and Stapfelberg in 1594. The rich panelling which Iselin had made in 1607 for a corner room of almost square plan is testimony to the modernity of his taste and his high pretensions. The architectural articulation with three quarter columns in the Tuscan order, the window like infill elements and the marquetry resembling ironwork in the friezes characterize the wall panelling. In the deeply cut centrepiece of the richly moulded, symmetrical coffering the combined coats of arms of Iselin and his wife, Anna d'Annone, are resplendent, followed by the date. The buffet or sideboard, which belonged to the room originally and formally harmonizes with the decoration of the walls, is one of the oldest extant examples of this type of furniture in Basle. Both panelling and sideboard can be attributed on grounds of style to the master joiner Franz Pergo, who had worked in Basle since 1593.

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