American Renaissance Ebonized, Parcel Gilt, Marquetry and Burl Walnut Cabinet and Pedestals, mid-19th c., attr. to Thomas Brooks, New York, en suite with incised mirror, case with pediment and incised panels, central door inlaid with musical instruments, arabesques, and flowers, flanked by conforming inlaid panels; Neo-Grec pedestals with stop-fluted standards; arched walnut mirror with gilt-incised crest, stenciled "Thomas Brooks & Co., Brooklyn, NY", cabinet h. 43 in., w. 74 1/2 in., d. 17 1/2 in.; mirror h. 91 in., w. 55 1/2 in. Note: The use of exotic hardwoods, fine imported inlays, fashionable Neo-Grec embellishments, and pedestals worthy of important sculpture on this cabinet exemplify the apex of American Renaissance Revival style in New York. The present lot is remarkable in the integration of the cabinet, pedestal, and mirror installed as an impressive and exuberant “suite.” The cabinet itself relates to known examples from New York makers Alexander Roux, Herter Bros., and Pottier and Stymus, who were influenced by the London firm Jackson and Graham’s highly published “Louis Seize” cabinet, made for the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1862. Interestingly, the house in which this suite was installed is two miles from the Brooks warehouse at 127 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.
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