Cabinet and Etagere

Date

ca. 1876

GUSN

GUSN-5073

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

Descriptive Terms

cabinets (case furniture)
étagères
shelves
carving (processes)
inlay (process)
ivory (tooth component)
piercing
hardwood
figure- and animal-derived motifs
dog (animal)
Unidentified Hardwood
Vegetable Ivory
Carved
Inlaid
Pierced
Dog
Dragon
Classical Figure
ETAGERE

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.

Associated Building

Used At Centennial Exposition,

Associated Events

Centennial Exposition (1876)

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

China

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

79.75 x 30.625 x 15.063 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.479