Exhibitions: American Identities: A New Look

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.