|Japanned Cabinet on a Silvered Softwood Stand with applied Lime Decoration|
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The Victoria & Albert Museum
They way in which a person furnishes his home has always been a way to show friends and neighbors an individual’s personal taste and social status. Around 1660, one of the most prestigious pieces of furniture that a household could possess was a highly decorative cabinet on a stand. These cabinets, valuable in their own right, also served as a means of displaying rare and beautiful objects.