Skip Navigation


Decorative Arts and Design

This monumental cabinet would have been featured in a parlor or drawing room, further enriched with collections of sculptures or a garniture (a set of matching ceramic vessels), as a dramatic focal point signaling wealth and sophistication. The piece is a rare example of Kimbel and Cabus’s earlier work in neo-Grec, a classical revival style from France that was fashionable during the 1860s and ’70s. Bold renditions of classical motifs characterized the style, seen here in the carved leaves, fluted columns, egg-and-dart border, and central marquetry medallion.
DESIGNER AND MANUFACTURER Kimbel and Cabus, 1863–1882
MEDIUM Rosewood, cherry, other woods, brass, gilding
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1870
    DIMENSIONS 62 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 68 in. (158.8 x 48.9 x 172.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Unmarked
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cabinet, rosewood decorated with carving, gilt incising and ebonized areas; rectangular form, quarter-round ends enclosed by inlaid doors (interior shelves); lower part of center section recessed with three relief columns on each side; circular center lower section with stained marquetry inlay design of a mythological scene of a centaur and youth both holding bows and arrows. Condition: Good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Kimbel and Cabus (1863–1882). Cabinet, ca. 1870. Rosewood, cherry, other woods, brass, gilding, 62 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 68 in. (158.8 x 48.9 x 172.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 45.96. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Gavin Ashworth, 45.96_GavinAshworth.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 45.96_GavinAshworth.jpg. Gavin Ashworth, 2020
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.