Reform Movement Key Cabinet
Attributed to A. Kimbel and J. Cabus (Active 1863-1882), New York c. 1877
Few pieces more succinctly epitomize America’s interpretation of the English Reform Movement than this key cabinet. Related to an example in oak now on permanent display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this fine rosewood version also identifies with one seen in a period engraving on a calling card and/or advertisement from the distinguished New York cabinetmakers Kimbel and Cabus.
With its exquisite carving and distinctive decorative brass strapwork, as well as its original hey hooks, this cabinet is a highly significant piece, well attributed to one of the most important makers of Reform Movement furniture in America.