Ivory cabinet and stand, 1661-65 Pierre Gole © V&A Museum
This exquisite display cabinet was made by Pierre Gole, cabinet maker to Louis XIV, for Philippe, duc d'Orleans and his English wife, Henriette-Anne (Charles II's favourite sister, Minette).
Unusually, it is all veneered in ivory with a delicate inlaid floral pattern. Gole has used many materials to achieve the colours, including several exotic woods, ebony, horn, bone (stained green for the leaves) and tortoise shell, along with brass mounts. More tiny drawers are hidden behind the central door panel.
The amazing craftsmanship of this piece means that it would never be boring.