about 1870
Designed by Bruce Talbert (Scottish, 1838–1881)


218.1 x 61.9 x 112.4 cm (85 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 44 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cherry, oak; veneers of thuya, ebony, walnut, and rosewood

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Above the ebonized plinth, the body of the cabinet has two doors in front, each decorated with chevron-veneering within an ebonizing trefoil frame, and a foliate marquetry medallion above within ebonized framing.

Talbert was a prominent designer and cabinetmaker working in the Gothic style from the 1860s. The form of this cabinet is based on the sixteenth-century Tudor court cupboard and displays such characteristic Gothic architectural elements as crockets and a pointed arch. The two-dimensional ornament comprises different colored veneers depicting stylized floral and Gothic patterns. The design is taken from Talbert’s extremely influential 1868 publication, Gothic Forms Applied to Furniture, Metal Work and Decoration for Domestic Purposes.


In a private collection in Nova Scotia. 1997, sold by Margaret B. Caldwell to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 19, 1997)

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund and Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund