Herter Brothers American

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Like the firms of George A. Schastey and Louis C. Tiffany, Herter Brothers offered a full range of services, from designing and fabricating furniture and woodwork to door, window, and floor treatments. The squash-blossom pattern impressed into the portiere’s velvet reflects the Japanesque style in vogue from the late 1870s through the 1880s, and the design appears on the lining on several examples of Herter furniture. This portiere, originally one of a pair, would have been suspended on a rod in front of pocket doors to help keep out drafts and to provide decorative interest.

Portiere, Herter Brothers (German, active New York, 1864–1906), Silk velvet, cotton, wool, American

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