One of the museums where I work recently acquired a 17th century wooden chest made by a local craftsman. It will join a chest made by the craftsman's father, already on display at the museum. Naturally, the museum and those interested in furniture-making and woodworking are fairly excited about all of this.
But for those of you who don't know much about 17th century craftsmanship, I thought I post this detail view of a similar chest in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The level of quality and detail is just stunning, isn't it?