H. 81.9 cm; W. 65.4 cm; D. 44.1 cm (H. 32 1/4 in.; W. 25 3/4 in.; D. 17 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Laburnum, ebony, with brass inlay; gilt-bronze mounts; brass grille; rouge griotte marble top of later date
Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)
Cabinet-maker George Bullock, who mastered the technique of brass inlay and marquetry between 1810–15, originally created a cabinet like this one to hold scientific specimens. The powerful geometric design and inlaid ornamentation give it the grandeur found on much larger cabinets.
Private collection, Swansea, England. 2003, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2004, partial gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA; 2014, final partial gift from Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 2005 and December 10, 2014)
Gift of Horace Wood Brock