This imposing armchair is from Belvoir, a large Gothic villa built in the 1850’s in Yonkers, New York for the tobacco merchant Christian H. Lilienthal. A nineteenth-century photograph of the Gothic Revival library at Belvoir shows chairs and bookcases closely related to documented works by the cabinetmaker Gustave Herter, suggesting that this chair was also designed by the talented German immigrant master craftsman. Like much Gothic Revival furniture, it owes more to the vocabulary of architecture than to traditional furniture making.
descended in the Lilienthal family, Yonkers, New York; Blanche Horton , Yonkers, New York, until 1986; sale, Cal Smith, Pleasant Valley Auction Hall, New York, 18 Jan. 1986; Deanna Mayer Vondrak, Katonah, New York, 1986
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1891–93Medium: Prima vera, American ash (secondary wood); marquetry of various woods and brass; replacement upholsteryAccession: 64.202.1On view in:Gallery 743