Mahogany, mahogany veneer; yellow poplar, white pine, brass, plaster
Overall: 101 3/4 x 63 x 25 3/4 in. ( 258.4 x 160 x 65.4 cm )
French press or wardrobe, the top crowned by a broken pediment centering a classical painted plaster bust (of a Roman Magistrate?) on a fluted plinth. Replaced die-stamped brasss border on top molding of plinth. The underside of the cornice is reeded. The case with 2 cupboard doors, each having two panels with brass cove molding; corininthian columns at side; cast brass paw feet in front with carved knees.
Gift of Mrs. William Hyde Wheeler
inscribed: under plaster bust, in script: "H. Lannuier/ New York"
By tradition, this French press or wardrobe was owned by Garret Byvanck Abeel (1768-1820), a New York iron and hardware merchant, and his wife, Catherine Manchalk (d. 1832), who were married in 1794. It was inherited by their son John Howard Abeel (1815-1896), who married Catherine Emeline Strobell and was the grandfather of the donor, Mrs. William Hyde Wheeler.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.