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100 Highlights
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Take a tour through some of the most significant objects in the MFAH collections. On these pages, you can browse 100 highlights from collections throughout the institution. Then visit the Museum in person to discover your own favorites.
 
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Attributed to POTTIER and STYMUS
American, active c. 1859 - 1910
MARQUETRY ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEPH CREMER
French, 1811 - 1878
Parlor Cabinet
c. 1862
Rosewood, burled ash, maple, eastern white pine, and other woods; gilt and bronze

55 x 54 x 22 7/8 inches

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided
by the Agnes Cullen Arnold Endowment Fund

Arts of North America
 
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With its extravagant ornamentation and luxurious materials, this cabinet
is a dramatic example of mid-19th-century Neoclassical design. Elaborate parlor cabinets were often showpieces in the interiors of the very rich at that time. The prestigious New York cabinetmaking and decorating firm of Pottier and Stymus worked in a highly eclectic style that borrowed from Roman, Egyptian, and Renaissance sources. The elaborate marquetry (inlaid wood) panel depicting Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, was made in France by specialist craftsman Joseph Cremer.