This unusual armchair is one of two that survive from H. O. Havemeyer's library, also called the Rembrandt Room. The Havemeyer house at 1 East 66th Street, New York City, completed in 1892, was a uniquely conceived home. Tiffany and Colman incorporated numerous exotic influences in these interiors, including Japanese, Chinese, Moorish, Viking, Celtic, and Byzantine. The prevailing theme of the room was derived from Celtic, Viking, and other medieval sources, echoed in the low-relief carved ornament and embroidered designs on the chair. As Mrs. Havemeyer recalled in her memoirs, the covering of different shades of smooth olive green plush was "quilted with various colored silks, also in a Celtic design to correspond to the carvings of the woodwork and chairs."
Louisine and Henry Osborne Havemeyer, 1891–1930; sale, American Art Association, New York, 22 Apr. 1930, no. 3841, lot 47; Lillian Nassau Ltdied, New York, early 1960s; Peter Grant, London, early 1960s–1992; Paul Reeves Limited, London, 1992.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1891Medium: Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper-faced lightweight paper boardAccession: 67.654.405On view in:Not on view
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1925–26Medium: Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession: 67.654.3On view in:Not on view
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1915Medium: Watercolor, gouache, aluminum paint and bronze powder metallic ink on artist board with original shaped window matAccession: 67.654.12On view in:Not on view