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Eger Work / Games Box

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4625
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1600 - 1700

Maker Information

Attributed to:Adam Eck - View biography for Adam Eck
Or:Johann Karl Haberstumpf - View biography for Johann Karl Haberstumpf


The town of Eger in southern Germany was the centre of a specialised type of woodworking in the 17th century. Here, craftsmen created detailed pictures, using layers of carefully selected woods which were glued on to a background and then carved to make a relief marquetry panel. It was known as Egerwork. This highly artistic and painstaking work was mainly used to decorate altar fronts, luxury cabinets and gamesboards. Egerwork panels are usually highly detailed and the battle scene on the cover of this board is typical. In contrast, the backgammon board has been made by laying strips of veneer into a base panel to produce a flush surface. This is known as inlaid marquetry.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
Medium:Joined. Inlaid. Carved.
Place of Origin:Eger, Bohemia


Height:44 cm
Width:43.8 cm
Depth:9.2 cm