American (possibly Pottier & Stymus or the Herter Brothers)

Parlor Cabinet

c. 1872

Parcel-gilt ebonized cherry with marquetry of assorted light woods, gilt bronze and brass with rock maple interior

Gift of Margaret Cossé Richard in memory of the Cossé Family


This cabinet reflects a merger of periods and styles. It was likely produced in the era of the Aesthetic Movement, where painters, decorative artists, and designers collaborated to produce complex and harmonious environments. Its sources are eclectic. The form stems from German cabinets of about 1840, and it can also be related to the French style dominating the reign of Louis XVI. The ornament is inspired by Greek friezes, Gothic tracery, Renaissance motifs, and baroque embellishments. The sense of lift provided by the furniture’s feet is typical of the Herter Brothers’ style, as is the half-moon shape. However, Pottier & Stymus produced comparable pieces.

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