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Cabinet from the drawing room of the Worsham-Rockefeller House

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

Not on view

Formerly attributed to Herter Brothers, the reattribution of this cabinet to Schastey is based on its distinctive carved ornament and its presence in a period photograph of Arabella Worsham’s drawing room. Although slightly altered at an unknown date, the cabinet incorporates many details, such as carved flattened oak-leaf swags, beading, ribbons, and putti heads, found in other Schastey interiors. The most unusual elements, however, are the massive brasses in loosely interpreted Celtic and Moorish styles. Each eight-pointed star is ornamented with brown and white agate bosses, similar to those that embellish the center table from the Moorish reception room (on view on this platform)—a feature perhaps unique in cabinetmaking of this era.

Cabinet from the drawing room of the Worsham-Rockefeller House, George A. Schastey & Co. (American, New York, 1873–1897), Ebonized oak, brass, gilded bronze, and agate, American

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