New York Neo-Classical Ebonized Cabinet
If I wasn’t in cash-conserving home-rebuild mode I’d possibly snap up this excellent 1860s Neo-classical (Neo-Grec) cabinet. One can never have too many of these space-hogging extravagances. They cost even more than the initial purchase since the top-center raised surface requires one to go out and acquire a suitable vase or bronze to complete the ostentatious display. I love them, though.
The bronze plaque and ormulu mounts were probably executed by P.E. Guerin, mount-maker to the stars at the time (Herts Brothers, Alexander Roux, Pottier & Stymus, Leon Marcotte, Kimbel & Cabus, and Julius Dessoir).
Believe it or not, P. E. Guerin as a company is still in business today making elegant hardware for the home. Some of the mount models are still preserved by P.E. Guerin today and are stamped “P. E. Guerin,” or “P. E. Guerin New York,” or “P.E.G.” It is not unusual for a mount model to have these markings while the mounts themselves do not since these markings can get lost in the casting process. The May 2002 issue of Magazine antiques has a great article on Guerin illustrated with Pottier & Stymus pieces.
I think there are suitable stylistic elements to nail this cabinet’s origin to New York and point to a small list of possible makers including Pottier & Stymus or Herter Brothers. I think many dealers and auction houses would say Herter Brothers due to the door inlay. I think Marcotte’s cabinet designs of the time were way French and he therefore wouldn’t be a candidate for attribution of this cabinet. Alexander Roux is another consideration but he had other design conventions that he employed on his cabinets that I don’t see here.
There are some veneer issues on this cabinets in some places. If anyone were to consider bidding, ask for condition information as it isn’t detailed in the listing, which mistakenly categorizes it as Egyptian Revival. Starting price is $5,500. More at the listing.