Kimbel & Cabus Cabinet

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Known from a period photograph in the furniture maker’s original catalogue at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and similar to an example now at the Victoria & Albert Museum, this cabinet was made by the Brooklyn furniture makers Kimbel & Cabus. Inspired by English Modern Gothic precedents, the handsome form features incised carving, elaborately decorated cast hardware and its original art tile plaque.

Markings: On reverse of original mirror: “D. Durand / French Plate Looking Glass / Importer & Manufacturer / ___ to ____ W. ____th St. New York / May 2, 1877”.

Literature/Provenance: Refer to Period Photographic catalogues (c. 1875) in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, (, photo #ID:SIL-012-4-0015). Also see Bolger, Doreen, Jonathan Freedman, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, et al, In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rizzoli, 1986, p. 1565 and p. 446; and also Hanks, David, “Kimbel & Cabus: 19th Century New York Cabinetmakers.” New York: Art & Antiques, September-October 1980, pp. 44-53, for a discussion of Kimbel & Cabus’ work.
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
c. 1876
Materials and Techniques
carved cherry
hand-tooled leather
painted panel
Ebonized finish restored. Mirror recreated to match existing original. Original hand-painted tile plaque and cast brass and/or copper hardware.
79 in. H x 51 in. W x 19 in. D
201 cm H x 130 cm W x 48 cm D
Dealer Location
Southport, CT
Number of Items
Reference Number
Associated Artists, LLC
(203) 872-4382
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