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This piece embodies the idea that “more is more.” Designed to convey their owners’ wealth and taste, such cabinets were used to display equally sumptuous works of art, such as elaborate clocks or vases. All of New York’s leading cabinetmakers made similar pieces, which were called...

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"Aylward" signed in pencil on ormolu around door plaque.


1. Stamped "N. GUSTAFSSON" on top of ebonized pilasters, bottom rail of central door, bottom rail of left and right front panels, back of stretcher of base, back board. 2. Stamped "P.E.G." on ormolu around the bronze relief plaque in upper section and on ormolu around the ceramic plaque on the door.


Museum purchase from Carl L. Crossman (Danvers, Mass.), 1981.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

about 1873–75

Object Place

New York, New York, United States


Overall: 143.5 x 179.1 x 41.9 cm (56 1/2 x 70 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, rosewood, exotic woods, porcelain and bronze plaques




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes