Crowned with an ancient temple structure and delicately inlayed with ebony, ivory, and mother-of-pearl, this cabinet is a masterpiece of the Greek revival style. Lawrence Alma-Tadema originally designed the piece as part of a furniture suite for the music room of Henry G. Marquand’s New York City mansion. A railroad magnate and founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand conceived of the house as a series of rooms decorated in a range of historical styles, including a Moorish smoking room, a Japanese chamber, and an opulent Greek revival music room.



  • Title: Music Cabinet
  • Creator: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
  • Date: 1884-85
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Provenance: Henry G. Marquand, New York, from 1885; Sale, American Art Galleries, New York, January 31, 1903; Mr. Haan, from 1903; American Art Association Sale, New York, October 15, 1927;(...); On loan from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, 1980; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, 1984.;
  • Physical Dimensions: 79 x 92 1/2 x 18 in. (200.7 x 235 x 45.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Furniture
  • Medium: Ebony, boxwood, rosewood, cedar, ivory, mother-of-pearl, abalone shell, marble, and brass

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