This large casepiece is a piece de resistance of great cabinetmaker's skill. New York was the center of shops such as Pottier & Stymus, and Herter Brothers, that catered to the new wealth and their mansions in Manhattan, and Newport, RI. A piece such as this would probably have been in one of J.P. Morgan’s salons. Note the display capabilities. It’s as beautiful open as it is closed; finished in every dimension. Above the doors are two shallow drawers below a hinged slide-out display board, below a medial cornice that hinges open to offer another display surface, making this a very impressively complicated case. Behind the two doors is an open space that accommodates a single shelf. (Probably once used to hide a TV screen.)
Note the quality of the inlaid figured walnut. This piece has been brought to a very high French polish, and makes an elegant and very substantial statement. The condition is superb.
For another Pottier and Stymus piece, see sw02083, a suite of four upholstered chairs.