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Mahogany with painted and gilt stenciled decoration, mahogany veneer and pine. Empire style. Divided glass doors with gilded mullions forming on each one 2 superimposed gothic ogee arches flanking columns with composite capitals, and stencilled leaf pattern. Cornice is veneered 6 stenciled,...

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Provenance

According to family tradition, it was originally owned by Martha Coggeshall Holly, whose son Sidney Augustus Holly married Alexander Hamilton's daughter Eliza. The cabinet descended in the family of Sidney and Eliza Holly to Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot. In 1959 Miss de Groot gave the cabinet to the Stratford Historical Society (SHS), in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1979, it was deaccessioned by SHS, and in 1980 purchased by the MFA with funds donated by The Seminarians.

Credit Line

Gift of The Seminarians

Cabinet

1830–40

Object Place

New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: OH: 88"; OW: 62"; OD: 25 1/2"

Accession Number

1980.35

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, painted and gilt stenciled decoration, mahogany veneer, and pine

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes