Herter Brothers American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

Herter Brothers, established by Gustave Herter and his brother Christian, became New York City’s preeminent cabinetmakers from the 1860s through the 1880s. The firm provided fashionable furnishings and interior decorations for affluent clients throughout the country, including William H. Vanderbilt, Mark Hopkins, and J. Pierpont Morgan. This chair may have been made for the mansion of shipping and railway tycoon LeGrand Lockwood: Elm Park, in Norwalk, Connecticut. The marquetry plaque in the carved crest, depicting horns and pipes, alludes to the chair’s intended use in the music room.

Chair, Herter Brothers (German, active New York, 1864–1906), Maple, rosewood, various wood veneers, ebonized veneer, ash (secondary wood), gilding, modern upholstery, American

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