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Ebonized cherry cabinet, 1875, Herter Brothers, High Museum of Art 

Guilty pleasures. Every time I'm at the High I get an eyeful of pretty from the museum's collection of Gilded Age furniture. A preferred choice of America's robber barons of the late 19th century, interior designers the Herter Brothers translated all that industrial capital squeezed out of coal miners and railroad workers into gorgeous high style. This cabinet of ebonized cherry and gilt foil nearly charms the Marxist right out of me.

Image credit: Courtesy High Museum of Art



Uploaded: Jan 13, 2011
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