Sideboard and Pair of Knife Boxes

Artist/maker unknown, Americanc. 1825-1830

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

These richly decorated dining room furnishings were made for Simon Gratz (American, 1773-1839), a successful Philadelphia businessman. Many American cabinetmakers imported panels with brass inlay--also called boulle work in honor of Frenchman André-Charles Boulle, who perfected the technique--to adorn the furniture they produced, as seen here.

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  • Title: Sideboard and Pair of Knife Boxes
  • Date Created: c. 1825-1830
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w90.98 x h50 x d27.01 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Gratz, 1909
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, ebony, brass, lightwood banding, white pine, yellow poplar, unidentified hard woods
  • Patron: Made for Simon Gratz, American, 1773 - 1839
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, American