Lot 459: House of Representatives Armchair
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: American House of Representatives Carved Oak Armchair, c. 1857, attr. to Bembe and Kimbel, New York, after a design by Thomas Ustick Walter, federal shield crest, bellflower carving, beaded seat rail, faceted legs, cuff casters, h. 42 1/2 in., w. 24 1/2 in., d. 22 1/2 in.; accompanied by a copy of the 1952 Sloan catalogue cover and entry. Provenance: Estate of Frank C. Littleton, Oak Hill (James Monroe House), Loudon, VA; C.G. Sloan & Co. Auctioneers, Dec. 9-13, 1952, lot 188; private collection. Note: The designer of this chair, Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), architect of the U.S. Capitol, was responsible for the interiors of the House of Representative wing. The chairs were in use from 1857 to 1873, when remodeling resulted in the sale of Walter's furnishings. Ref.: Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, “Art, Artifacts, and Architecture.” http://artandhistory.house.gov/art_artifacts/capitol-furniture/walter-furniture.aspx; “A Real Rare Victorian Mystery,” http://rarevictorian.com/2008/06/a-real-rare-victorian-mystery-part-iii.html.