Pottier and Stymus was one of New York's foremost furniture manufacturing and interior decorating firms in the second half of the 19th century, and they particularly excelled at the revival styles popular at the time. This cabinet, with intricate light and dark wood marquetry, gilded and silvered bronze mounts, and porcelain panels, combines features of the Renaissance revival, Louis XVI, and Neo-Grec styles. The Renaissance revival is seen in the object's architectural form and details, including molding and paneling. The Louis XVI-style appears in the porcelain plaques, the metal banding that runs along the top and bottom, and the marquetry, particularly the center panel with an agricultural trophy including implements like a hoe, shovel, and spade interspaced by wheat - all references to nature and production. The Neo-Grec style surfaces with the inlaid gold leaf designs.
The cabinet was used in the house of Nathaniel Wheeler of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a successful industrialist and manufacturer of sewing machines.