French press


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726

Although similar to an English wardrobe, this specific form is called a “French press” in the New York City book of prices for cabinetwork of 1810, a publication that set the wages for journeyman furniture makers. Behind the beautifully veneered doors are two sets of three sliding trays separated by two tiers of drawers. In contrast, a wardrobe was divided into an upper section with cupboard doors and a lower section with three drawers.

French press, Mahogany, mahogany veneer, gilded brass with yellow poplar, white pine, American

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