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Corner Cabinet

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
MEDIUM Kingwood (amaranth) veneer on mahogany, ivory inlay
  • Place Made: Paris, France
  • DATES ca. 1923
    DIMENSIONS 49 7/8 x 31 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (126.7 x 80.6 x 59.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Branded twice on both back panels: "RUHLMANN"
    SIGNATURE Unsigned
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Joseph F. McCrindle, Mrs. Richard M. Palmer, Charles C. Paterson, Raymond Worgelt, and an anonymous donor
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Corner cabinet of kingwood (amaranthe) veneer on mahogany with ivory inlay. Cabinet with two straight sides and slightly serpentine front, the whole of which opens as a door. Front door has oval inlay of dark kingwood and ivory, motif is ribbed vase with stylized flowers; edges of door surrounded with single row of ivory dots. Interior fitted with three removable mahogany shelves. Case supported on three molded, tapered legs. Front two legs have ivory cuffs at the bottom and terminate near the top with protruding scrolls with ivory inlay. Top edge of case recessed and finished with ivory inlay resembling dentil moldings. Pedestal has two straight sides with curved front side following serpentine of the cabinet door. CONDITION: excellent, but this was one of the pieces restored May 1972, before being sent to the museum. Some ivory from around the top edge was replaced, several pieces of ivory from the marquetry were missing, and there was a dent in the marquetry vase. Restored by H. Farina, Paris.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
    CAPTION Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, 1879–1933). Corner Cabinet, ca. 1923. Kingwood (amaranth) veneer on mahogany, ivory inlay, 49 7/8 x 31 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (126.7 x 80.6 x 59.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Joseph F. McCrindle, Mrs. Richard M. Palmer, Charles C. Paterson, Raymond Worgelt, and an anonymous donor, 71.150.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.150.1_SL1.jpg)
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