Here is a 17th century tortoiseshell cabinet on a base of blackened wood and framed by moulded drawers with an ebony veneer. It stands on six turned legs made of blackened pear wood and linked by 4 crosspieces also veneered in tortoiseshell.
The sides with rectangular geometric figures are highlighted by filleting in bone. Bone fillets decorate the façade of the two doors, framed by braided columns with a tortoiseshell veneer and drawers alternating fillets of ebony and of bone.
The upper, gallery part consists of a series of turned balusters made of bone and a guilloche moulding in ebony, which can be also found all over the cabinet.
The restoration involved repairing all the small accidents in the veneer (missing or unstuck parts), splicing the back panel and, after a thorough cleaning of the old varnish, going back over the entire piece with all its turnings, braids and mouldings.
This finish gives the cabinet all the lustre intrinsic to its design.