Sideboard and Pair of Knife Boxes
Artist/maker unknown, American. Made for Simon Gratz, American, 1773 - 1839.
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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