This beautiful little cabinet may have been used to house jewels. It exhibits marquetry which is typical of Augsburg work from the 16th century. Compare with the cabinet sold in Sotheby's New York on 31 May 1990, lot 209.
Overall the condition of the casket is good, with some minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some evidence of past worming, in particular to the underside and to the front. Some of the worm holes to the front have been filled and a varnish appears to have been applied. There is a loss to the wood to the front at the bottom. The wood inlay has slightly warped in areas, in particular to the left side of the casket at the center, to the right side of the casket at the bottom and to the back. There is an open joint on the left side of the casket, probably also caused by warping.The lock at the front no longer clicks into place, causing the casket to be wedged open slightly when closed. There is minor stable splitting to the wood in areas consistent with the material. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."