"Fuseaux" Cabinet

Designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann French

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The formal simplicity of this cabinet provides a backdrop for an extraordinarily complex and subtle marquetry pattern. The body of the piece is raised on four fuseau (spindle-shaped) legs, which give the model its name. The Met purchased the cabinet directly from Ruhlmann in 1925. It probably was intended to be a sort of man’s dressing table (a vide-poche, or “pocket emptier”), though records in the Ruhlmann archive show that the model could also be adapted for use as a cabinet for liquor or cigars.

"Fuseaux" Cabinet, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann (French, Paris 1879–1933 Paris), Macassar ebony, ivory, silk, silvered bronze

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