The fame of the Ribblesdale family endures, almost certainly because of John Singer Sargent's iconic portrait of the 4th Baron Ribblesdale (1854-1925), Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria and a keen hunstman, which is now in the National Gallery. This cabinet may have originally come from the family's ancestral country seat, Gisburne Park, but then was probably moved to their London home, 32 Green Street. Green Street, an enormous Neo-Georgian house, was was built between 1897 and 1899 and, after Baron Ribblesdale's death, was leased by Queen Mary as a residence for her daughter Princess Mary, the future Princess Royal and her husband, the 6th Earl of Harewood. It is now the Brazilian Embassy.
This cabinet-on-stand can be seen in a photograph of the Music Room at the Duke's Newport home, Rough Point, from the 1960s. Please see note to lot 384 for further information.