Fireplace wall paneling from the Benjamin Hasbrouck House
Made in Ulster County, High Falls, New York, United States; Made in Ulster County, High Falls, New York, United States
93 1/2 x 196 1/2 in. (237.5 x 499.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1933
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 715
The paneling on this fireplace wall is made of gumwood, which in the eighteenth century was used almost exclusively in the New York area. The Benjamin Hasbrouck House, from which the paneling was taken, still stands. After a recent on-site investigation, it became apparent from the size of the room in which the paneling was originally installed that two more bays of paneling made up the complete wall, as seen in the photographic re-creation below. The dentil cornice in the room is not original; it was created when the paneling was installed in the American Wing in the 1930s. The figural Dutch tiles around the fireplace were popular in the colonies but did not come from the Hasbrouck House.