Jan van Mekeren


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(b Tiel, ?15 Jan 1658; d Amsterdam, 18 Feb 1733). Dutch cabinetmaker. He is particularly associated with spectacular floral-marquetry cabinets. His Amsterdam workshops also produced such other furniture in the Baroque style as tables and guéridons en suite with the cabinets. The marquetry designs, derived from Dutch still-life paintings, achieved brilliant trompe l’oeil effects through the use of various coloured veneers; the marquetry decoration is uninhibited, often extending down the legs and over the cornices. At least nine cabinets can be attributed to van Mekeren, the most impressive of which is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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