Armchair

Maker: Possibly Gustave Herter (1830–1898)

Date: ca. 1855

Geography: Probably made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut

Dimensions: 64 1/2 x 25 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. (163.8 x 64.5 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.204

Description

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.

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