— Carved Cover Art

Inspired by sixteenth-century engravings, such as those by Heinrich Aldegrever (1502–1558), the prototype for this Renaissance-style album cover was shown at the 1873 Weltausstellung in Vienna. Fourdinois joined his father’s well-known cabinetmaking firm in 1860 and introduced marquetry carved in relief that incorportated various woods and semi-precious stones.

Maker: Henry-Auguste Fourdinois (French, 1830–1907)

Date: 1875

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Ebony and boxwood, pear and other fruitwoods

Dimensions: 16 3/8 × 12 in. (41.6 × 30.5 cm)

Classification: Woodwork

Credit Line: Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, by exchange and Rogers Fund, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.274

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