Feather-pattern mahogany display cabinet with gilt wood legs and supports, brass chest pivots and lower part with three drawers. Upper part with two cabinet doors divided into 8 niches enclosing a central cabinet divided into 12 niches. Golden handles and knobs sculpted with zoomorphic subjects. Italy, circa 1930.
The cabinet was designed by the Italian architect, urban planner and furniture designer Gustavo Pulitzer-Finali (Triëste, 1887-1967). It was manufactured around 1930 and commissioned by Tomás Le Breton (Buenos Aires, 1868-1959) in order to display his collection of solid silverware. Le Breton was the consul for Argentina in Paris from 1935 to 1938.
The cabinet is denominated the "Collector's Cabinet" as it was intended as "Wunderkammer Cabinet" for a collector. The carved wooden handles depicting squirrels as collecting acorns recall this theme, creating a direct parallel between squirrel and collector.
Certificate of authenticity available for this cabinet.
Gustavo Pulitzer (1887-1967)
Cuban Mahogany and Giltwood
H 232 x W 170 x D 73 cm; maximum aperture W 340 cm
H 39 x W 39 cm; central niche H 73 x W 73 cm