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Rick Wrigley

The Rick Wrigley Renwick Cabinet
various tropical hardwoods, marble, and brass
40 x 46 x 22 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Rick Wrigley and his assistants designed and made this cabinet for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery. It was inspired by the sideboard made by Thomas Hook of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1808–1809, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Like a painter arranging his palette, Wrigley chooses exotic woods for their distinctive characteristics of figuring, grain, color, and density. Here the primary veneer is pomelé sapelé, a Honduran cocoa-brown mahogany with a pronounced figured pattern. The decorative design honors Washington, D.C., in the flying eagles attacking snakes and the garland of olive branches.