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A Grand and Spectacular Renaissance Revival Display Cabinet, Marquetry Inlaid Walnut, Pottier & Stymus, New York, c.1870

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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.

Height: 48 in. Width: 50 in. Depth: 50 in.
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