Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Armchair

Artist:
Herter Brothers (German, active New York, 1864–1906)
Date:
ca. 1875
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Probably gilded cherry or gilded maple and ash [pending wood analysis]
Dimensions:
28 1/4 x 28 x 20 1/4 in. (71.8 x 71.1 x 51.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Ann Pyne, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.488
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
Original gilding and imposing carved lion’s heads on the handrests distinguish this armchair. It is almost identical to a pair of armchairs made by Herter Brothers for the Red Room in the White House in 1875 during Ulysses S. Grant’s administration. The reproduction blue brocade upholstery is based on a description of the chairs listed in a bill for the White House commission.
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