A pair of ebonised and parcel-gilt side chairs by the Herter Brothers, New York, late 19th century
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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with upholstered backs and seats, one leg stamped 4744, the wheels stamped 'India Rubber Comb Co., New York'
Fine Art Society
This refined and elegant chair form was executed in a number of variations by Herter Brothers to suit the specific function of a room or a client’s personal taste. The present lot demonstrates the highly stylised version of this type. The marquetry crest and side rails inlaid with floral forms recalling the sunflower was a popular motif of the Aesthetic movement and was used to great affect by the Herters. Chairs in this style can be found at the most famous Herter commissions such as The Red Room in the White House. However, this pair of chairs also recalls other aspects of the Herter repertoire. The turned balustrade supports below the back rest are reminiscent of a set of side chairs made for the drawing room of William H Vanderbilt’s residence at 459 Fifth Avenue, New York. Whilst the incised parcel gilt fluting to the legs relates closely to a pair of armchairs designed for James Goodwin at The Woodlands. Katherine S. Howe, et al., Herter Brothers: Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age, New York, 1994, pp. 168 – 171 and pp. 177