A Rare George III Satinwood and Marquetry Inlaid Kneehole Dressing Cabinet, Attributed To Christopher Fuhrlohg
Height: 31.5" Width: 46.5" Depth: 16"
Inventory Number 7970-363
The top with central hinged compartment opening to a ratcheted mirror and covered wells, above a long frieze drawer enclosing a writing slide; the recessed tambour door flanked by finely inlaid laurel swags and two banks of short drawers; raised on cabriole legs ending in brass caps and casters.
BEARING LABEL in the upper right drawer for the Untermeyer Collection.
PROVENANCE: Judge Irwin Untermeyer; The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ILLUSTRATED: English Furniture in the Irwin Untermeyer Collection; Yvonne Hackenbroch
This table was most likely produced by the noted Swedish cabinetmaker and inlayer Christopher Fuhrlohg. Features that link this piece to Fuhrlohg include the intricate neo-classical inlays that incorporate foliate festoons. He was born in Stockholm, around 1740, but immigrated with his family to Sweden. As a young man he traveled to Paris and Amsterdam, eventually settling in London. By 1766, he and his future brother-in-law were working for John Linnel, a preeminent shop of its day. By 1770 he opened his own firm at 24 Tottenham where they attracted commissions from aristocratic society including the Prince of Wales.
Unique in design, this beautifully inlaid and elaborately fitted dressing cabinet exhibits many different influences. It should be remembered that the second half of the 18th century saw the immigration to London of a number of highly skilled Continental craftsmen, and that there was a rich cross fertilization of ideas between Britain and the Scandinavian and German states. Irish and English elements are apparent in the use of Chippendale’s flattened urn inlays.