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Cabinet with gold mounts and relief

Designer:
After a design by Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)
Date:
ca. 1865–80
Culture:
German, Aachen
Medium:
Pine and walnut veneered with ebony; gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 14 11/16 x 17 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (37.3 x 44.1 x 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Anthony Blumka, in honor of Lois Earl Blumka, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.452
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Long considered to be a masterpiece of the late sixteenth century, this cabinet was identified recently as the work of the great nineteenth-century goldsmith Reinhold Vasters, who reused old timber to buidt part of the carcase. It is possible that the central figure represents Hercules. The gold mounts, rendered in a Renaissance style typical of Vasters, depict additional mythological figures.
Inscription: Painted on the back in white: H.G. 6730
Bourgeois Frères, Cologne ; by descent to Caspar Bourgeois (until 1904) ; [ sale, J. M. Heberle , October 19–27, 1904, lot 532; sold to Germanisches Nationalmuseum ]; Germanisches Nationalmuseum , deaccessioned after 1921 and sold through ; [ Nüsslein, Nürnberg ; sold to von Schuler ] ; Baron von Schuler ; Private Collection ; Leopold Blumka ; and Ruth Blumka , New York (since 1950s) ; by descent to Anthony Blumka , New York (until 2010; to MMA)
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