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Portiere

Maker:
Herter Brothers (German, active New York, 1864–1906)
Date:
ca. 1878–80
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk velvet, cotton, wool
Dimensions:
122 x 82 in. (309.9 x 208.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation Gift, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.278
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
Like the firms of George A. Schastey and Louis C. Tiffany, Herter Brothers offered a full range of services, from designing and fabricating furniture and woodwork to door, window, and floor treatments. The squash-blossom pattern impressed into the portiere’s velvet reflects the Japanesque style in vogue from the late 1870s through the 1880s, and the design appears on the lining on several examples of Herter furniture. This portiere, originally one of a pair, would have been suspended on a rod in front of pocket doors to help keep out drafts and to provide decorative interest.
Robert Tuggle, New York, until 1996
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