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Kas

Decorative Arts

On View: Decorative Art, Schenck Gallery, 4th Floor
One of the most impressive furnishings in elite Dutch homes was the kas, a large storage cupboard. It is believed that this Baroque-style example was imported to New York in the seventeenth century, possibly by François Rombout (d. 1691). An immigrant from Hasselt (now in Belgium), Rombout became a successful merchant and served as mayor of New York in 1679. A plainer, American-made kas of circa 1750 on view in a neighboring gallery demonstrates the persistence of Dutch cultural forms long after the region came under English control.
MEDIUM Ebony and walnut
DATES ca. 1650
DIMENSIONS 83 x 75 1/2 x 25 5/8 in. (210.8 x 191.8 x 65.1 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, Schenck Gallery, 4th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 51.157.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mary van Kleeck in memory of Charles M. van Kleeck
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