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When Herbert Cescinsky photographed the cabinet open in 1931 it was already in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 
The attribution to the workshop of Belchier is based on the construction of the cabinet and the style of japanning. 
A black japanned bureau cabinet by Belchier and formerly in the royal collection shares the same outline with a broken arched pediment and virtually the same interior.  Similarities in the japanned decoration in both cabinets further support the attribution.

Note: The cabinet retains all the original brass handles with some replaced knob handles to the interior.  The giltwood finial is original. The turned feet are faithful restorations. The shaped and bevelled mirror plates are 18th century replacements.  The central door to the upper section is a faithful restoration. Two small and two long drawers to the upper interior and two long drawers in the bureau section are restorations.
The japanned decoration is virtually all original with minor refreshments.

Literature: Illustrated:
Percy Macquoid, A History of English Furniture, The Age of Walnut, London 1905, p. 149, fig134.


  • Provenance

    Rev. J. O. Stevens, Wiltshire, England.
    Annie C. Kane, USA, until 1926.
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.


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