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In two sections: the top bookcase with acanthus carved broken cornice above a conforming highly figured mahogany frieze above a pair of cabinet doors with gothic tracery flanked by tapering columns resembling quivers with carved, gilt and painted capitals resembling the feather ends of arrows...

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Early history unknown; around mid-1970s, a couple in Philadelphia purchased the piece, saying it came out of a home in Germantown, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia); this couple (name unknown at present) owned it until sold to Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc., New York, New York, in May 2004, purchased by the MFA .

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund

about 1830

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Overall: 259.7 x 125.1 x 61 cm (102 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, bird's-eye maple, burl ash, yellow-poplar, white pine, cedar, maple, glass, pressed-glass




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