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)
Culture: French, Paris
Medium: Ebony and boxwood, pear and other fruitwoods
Dimensions: 16 3/8 × 12 in. (41.6 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, by exchange and Rogers Fund, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.274