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Cabinet from the entrance hall of Worsham-Rockefeller House

George A. Schastey & Co. American
George A. Schastey American, born Germany

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This impressive cabinet originally stood at the base of the stairs in the entrance hall of Arabella Worsham’s townhouse at 4 West Fifty-Fourth Street. Its massive scale, classically inspired ornament, and exquisite craftsmanship established the decorative program that Schastey devised for the entire house. The combination of figural and checkered carvings, full-scale griffins, Renaissance strapwork, and unusual molding profiles is characteristic of Schastey’s oeuvre. Decorative and functional, the cabinet’s mirror glass was ideal for a final self-assessment before departing. The metal heating registers—produced in Brooklyn—are ornamented with oak leaves, a motif repeated throughout the house. The cabinet is one of several massive architectural elements preserved by the Rockefeller family before the house was demolished in 1938.

Cabinet from the entrance hall of Worsham-Rockefeller House, George A. Schastey & Co. (American, New York, 1873–1897), Mahogany, brass, mirror glass, and marble, American

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