Rosewood and Marquetry Arcaded Display Cabinet
Attributed to Herter Brothers, New York c. 1882
The continuously banded marquetry – as well as the distinctive volute detailed block feet of this rosewood vitrine – bear strong resemblance to pieces of a parlor suite made by Herter Brothers for Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1882and serve as the basis for the dating and attribution of this piece. An ottoman from that suite is in the collection of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, while a server from the set with almost identical feet is in a private collection.
Having an almost architectural quality with a solid, two-dimensionally decorated base, a simple but grand piano nobile vitrine, and an arcaded attic top with carved pendentives supporting a deep yet delicate cornice, the cabinet resembles a palazzo in its sensibility and expression.