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Cabinet and Etagere

1971.479 (RS32556)

Description

Cabinet base, etagere top. Base: rectangular case, carved feet, four pierced panels at front, center panels function as cupboard doors, sides inlaid with floral motifs, case surmounted by pierced gallery with fu dog finials. Etagere: three shelves supported by dragon entwined columns at the front, the pierced wood back has small human figure finials.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": The International Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876 to celebrate the nation's centennial was a watershed event in which American manufacturing emerged as the equal of any other nation. The vast trade show exerted widespread cultural influence as well, stimulating interest in the nation's history and spawning a craze for Asian crafts.Elizabeth Morrison purchased this cabinet from the Chinese display at the Exposition and brought it back to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to occupy a place of honor in the parlor of her Federal-style house.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1876
Location of origin
China
Associated Building
Used At Centennial Exposition. Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
carving (processes)
hardwood
inlay (process)
ivory (tooth component)
piercing
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
cabinets (case furniture)
Carved
carving (processes)
Classical Figure
Dog
dog (animal)
Dragon
ETAGERE
figure- and animal-derived motifs
hardwood
Inlaid
inlay (process)
ivory (tooth component)
Pierced
piercing
shelves
Unidentified Hardwood
Vegetable Ivory
étagères
Associated events
Centennial Exposition (1876)
Dimensions
79.75 x 30.625 x 15.063 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.479
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5073

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