Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Samuel Colman (American, Portland, Maine 1832–1920 New York)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Oak, silk velvet
45 x 28 x 25 1/2 in. (114.3 x 71.1 x 64.8 cm)
Purchase, Harry W. Havemeyer and Frelinghuysen Foundation Gifts, in memory of H. O. Havemeyer, 1992
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
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.