Just what is a dutch pillow cabinet and what is it used for?
That was a question asked by many customers who came to see Europa Antiques' first shipment to the Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Indiana. Well, contrary to its name, a pillow cabinet is not for storing pillows - although it could be used for that if you wanted to!
According to the dutch "Antiek Encylopedie", the second half of the 17th century saw the transformation of panel cabinets from the Renaissance to the Baroque "pillow cabinet" or kussenkast, so named because the panels of the doors "puff out" like pillows. Older cabinets were edged with ebony. The moldings and legs of the cabinet are strongly profiled.