Glasgow

A Cabinet of Surprises


This cabinet, that looks more like a dining room side cabinet than a writing cabinet at first glance, caught my eye when I first saw it upon arriving at Cooper-Hewitt as a curator. I considered the Arts and Crafts movement an area in which I had some knowledge, so I was fascinated that I had to try to guess who designed this piece and where. When I looked at it from the outside, I thought it might be British, thought about Belgium, but felt I should look for comparable objects--which I did but without much luck.
cabinet, writing cabinet, May Sarton, Mabel Sarton, Wiener Werkst├Ątte, Margaret Macdonald, Glasgow, vienna, inlay, mother-of-pearl