Ebony: Wood as Black Gold
Ebony, the most cherished kind of wood, which can be worked in the finest carvings. Mysterious and extremely pleasing to the human eye. Since its discovery it has been treasured far and wide and we will give you a small insight in its history.
Finely carved work in ebony fed a European domestic and colonial market hungry for this rich, lustrous and exotic material. It was imported in a raw state too and a favoured material employed in Dutch Kunstkabinetten from the beginning of the 17th century and perhaps more recognizably in the ripple moulded frames seen on Dutch pictures from that epoch. There was seemingly a unifying delight in experimenting with this material to produce surface effects and texture by both European and Asian craftsman.