Cabinet-on-stand

Designed for a collector, this cabinet is fitted with two banks of graduated drawers, intended to hold medals, coins, and other small-scale works of art. It is a rare and important example of the furniture produced by London cabinetmaker James Newton, one of the greatest exponents of neoclassicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Between 1800 and 1810, cabinetmaker James Newton was at the pinnacle of his career, supplying furniture to Matthew Boulton for Soho House in Birmingham, to the Earl of Jersey for Osterley and Middleton Park, and other notable clients. In its decoration, this cabinet documents the Egyptian taste in English Regency furniture and interior design, inspired by Napoleon's Campaign of the Nile (1798-1799) and by the flood of new information on Egyptian antiquities and monuments that entered Europe through illustrated publications in the first decades of the 19th century.

Designed for a collector, this cabinet is fitted with two ranges of drawers in graduating sizes, intended to hold medals, coins, and other small-scale works of art. It is a rare and important example of the furniture produced by London cabinetmaker James Newton, one of the greatest exponents of neoclassicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Between 1800 and 1810, the period during which this cabinet was made, Newton was at the pinnacle of his career, supplying furniture to Matthew Boulton for Soho House in Birmingham, to the Earl of Jersey for Osterley and Middleton Park, and other notable clients. In its decoration, this cabinet documents the Egyptian taste in English Regency furniture and interior design, inspired by Napoleon's Campaign of the Nile (1798-1799) and by the flood of new information on Egyptian antiquities and monuments that entered Europe through illustrated publications in the first decades of the 19th century.

Provenance

2006, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock in memory of George "Peabo" Gardner, Jr.

Cabinet-on-stand

  • English (London), about 1805
  • Attributed to James Newton, English, 1773–1821
Dimensions
Overall: 162.6 x 108 x 48.3 cm (64 x 42 1/2 x 19 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oak, pine, and mahogany, veneered with satinwood, rosewood, tulipwood, ebony, and boxwood; partially ebonized and gilded; ivory, and brass
Classification
Furniture
Accession Number
2006.1927
On view
Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Regency) - 152

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