Cabinet-maker George Bullock, who mastered the technique of brass inlay and marquetry between 1810–15, originally created a cabinet like this one to hold scientific specimens. The powerful geometric design and inlaid ornamentation give it the grandeur found on much larger cabinets.
Private collection, Swansea, England. 2003, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2004, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 2005)
Gift of Horace Wood Brock
English (London), about 1815
- Attributed to George Bullock, English, 1777/78–1818
H. 81.9 cm; W. 65.4 cm; D. 44.1 cm (H. 32 1/4 in.; W. 25 3/4 in.; D. 17 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Laburnum, ebony, with brass inlay; gilt-bronze mounts; brass grille; rouge griotte marble top of later date