German (Berlin)
Designed by Patriz Huber (German, 1878–1902), Manufactured by W. Kummel (active in Berlin, about 1900-1910)


Overall: 225.5 x 96.2 x 79.5 cm (88 3/4 x 37 7/8 x 31 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oak, nickel-plated brass, veneers of satinwood, ivory, ebony, abalone

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Satinwood veneer, ebony, mahogany, holly, holly dyed green, rosewood, ivory and abalone over oak and limewood. Nickel-plated cast brass door mounts, faceted green glass, cast brass interior drawer mounts. Upright rectangular ca

Huber was one of seven architects and designers invited to work and live in Darmstadt, Germany, at an artists’ colony established in 1899. The Darmstadt colony represents an important phase in early twentieth-century European design, as its work bridges the gap between the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and the concepts of industrial design as promoted in Germany. The stylized floral motifs of the doors and the mounts on this cabinet reflect the still-influential Art Nouveau style.


By 1992, with Historical Design Collection, Inc., New York, NY; 1992, sold by Historical Design Collection and bought by the MFA by exchange through the bequest of the Estate of Mrs. Gertrude T. Taft, Gift of Mrs.Frederick T. Bradbury, Gift of Mr. S. Paul Boochever. (Accession Date: April 22, 1992)

Credit Line

Bequest of the Estate of Mrs. Gertrude T. Taft, Gift of Mrs. Frederick T. Bradbury, Gift of Mr. S. Paul Boochever, by exchange