Made for George B. Sloan (1831–1904), the richest man in Oswego New York, this cabinet closely follows a form produced by the Lamb cabinetmaking firm in Manchester, England. The large painted panels representing Spring and Autumn and the smaller ones of Taurus and Leo were probably executed by Christian Herter, who was a principal of the firm along with his half brother Gustave. The painted decoration has astrological connotations and might well refer to Sloan's wife and marriage.
- Maker: Herter Brothers, American, 1865-1905
- Medium: Ebonized cherry, other woods, glass, brass, pigment
- Place Made: New York, New York, United States
- Dates: ca. 1872
- Dimensions: 42 3/8 x 66 x 16 3/4in. (107.6 x 167.6 x 42.5cm) 42 5/8 x 66 x 16 3/4in. (108.3 x 167.6 x 42.5cm) 109 7/8 x 103 1/4 in. (279.1 x 262.3 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Stamped on back: "HERTER BRO'S."; inscribed in pencil on back in script: "N67 Slone Esq. Oswego"
- Signature: no signature
- Inscriptions: no inscriptions
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 76.63a-f
- Credit Line: H. Randolph Lever Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Herter Brothers (American, 1865-1905). Cabinet, ca. 1872. Ebonized cherry, other woods, glass, brass, pigment, 42 3/8 x 66 x 16 3/4in. (107.6 x 167.6 x 42.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 76.63a-f. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Cabinet, ebonized cherry, painted and inlaid decoration, glass doors, incised and gilt decoration. Sunken center section has single glazed door with gilt and ebonized frame. Square and linear gilt and inlay decoration across the top of door, turned railing across bottom of door. Backsplash on back of top of center section inlaid with stylized daisy and branch. Front side sections each have inset panel with gilt border and painted with female figures, proper right facing left, proper left facing right. Above each panel are inlaid daisy and leaf motifs and beneath a flowerpot with daisies and leaves inlaid. Bottom of each door is shaped in suspended semi-circle. Inset horizontal metal plate above each side door flanked with inlaid daisies. Proper right panel painted with figure of bull with leaves and stars and gilt background. Proper left panel painted with figure of lion with stars, leaves and gilt background. Brass cut-out railing runs across back of top and on either side of top flanking sections. Eight turned wooden feet, ebonized, incised and gilt. Sub-lettered: (a) Cabinet; (b) Center shelf; (c) Shelf, proper left; (d) Shelf, proper right; (e) Key, brass; (f) Key, brass (e and f keys fit both side and central doors.) Condition: White paint drip on female figure on proper right side. Some paint loss on lion and bull. Various nicks and scratches (minor) throughout; finish worn and faded on top. Back proper left leg broken off and repaired.
- Record Completeness: Best (94%)