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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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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.

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Gift of The Seminarians



Object Place

New York, New York, United States


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

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




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