This monumental cabinet would have been featured in a parlor or drawing room, further enriched with collections of sculptures or a garniture (a set of matching ceramic vessels), as a dramatic focal point signaling wealth and sophistication. The piece is a rare example of Kimbel and Cabus’s earlier work in neo-Grec, a classical revival style from France that was fashionable during the 1860s and ’70s. Bold renditions of classical motifs characterized the style, seen here in the carved leaves, fluted columns, egg-and-dart border, and central marquetry medallion.
Rosewood, cherry, other woods, brass, gilding
62 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 68 in. (158.8 x 48.9 x 172.7 cm) (show scale)
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Kimbel and Cabus (1863-1882). Cabinet, ca. 1870. Rosewood, cherry, other woods, brass, gilding, 62 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 68 in. (158.8 x 48.9 x 172.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 45.96. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Gavin Ashworth, 45.96_GavinAshworth.jpg)
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Cabinet, rosewood decorated with carving, gilt incising and ebonized areas; rectangular form, quarter-round ends enclosed by inlaid doors (interior shelves); lower part of center section recessed with three relief columns on each side; circular center lower section with stained marquetry inlay design of a mythological scene of a centaur and youth both holding bows and arrows.
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