Attributed to Pottier & Stymus Manufacturing Company (American, active ca. 1859–1910)
Rosewood, prickly juniper veneer; 37 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (94 x 69.9 x 69.9 cm), 28 1/8 x 25 x 21 3/4 in. (71.4 x 63.5 x 55.2 cm)
Funds from various donors (1970.35.1–2)
While a number of New York cabinetmakers produced Egyptian Revival furniture with motifs such as sphinx heads, animal feet, palmettes, and lotus leaves during the 1870s, the firm of Pottier & Stymus is most often associated with the style. This armchair and a matching side chair (1970.35.2) are not marked or labeled, but the attribution to Pottier & Stymus is supported by the cabinetmaker Ernest Hagen’s description of their work “with brass gilt sphinx heads on the sofas and armchairs, gilt engraved lines all over with porcailaine [sic] painted medallions on the backs, and brass gilt bead moldings nailed on.” The chairs retain their original French Aubusson-style tapestry coverings, although the once brilliant turquoise background has faded to the present wheat color.