Lot 600: Pair Vanderbilt drawing room armchairs by Herter Brothers (2pcs)
March 25, 2012
West Columbia, SC, USALive Auction
Pair Vanderbilt drawing room armchairs by Herter Brothers designed by Christian Herter New York, circa 1883-84, lady's and gentleman's chairs with mother-of-pearl inlaid and carved giltwood concave crestrails leading to padded armrests with griffon and shield designs flanking field of ribbon and pearl disks, on unusual turned carved legs ending on casters stamped India Rubber Comb Co.; right back legs stamped 165 and 167. The upholstery applied to original is as described in accounts and period images of the house.
H33" W26" D25" SH17" and H33 1/2" W27 1/2" D28" SH17" (2pcs)
Provenance: William H. Vanderbilt, New York, 1881
Cornelius Vanderbilt III, New York, 1885
Private collection of a lady El Paso, Texas
Bequeathed to the Centennial Museum at her death in 1969.
Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #E69.26.347 and E69.26.348)
Literature: Howe, Katherine S. et.al., HERTER BROTHERS: FURNITURE AND INTERIORS FOR A GILDED AGE. Abrams: New York, 1994, pp. 200-203.
Strahan, Edward. MR. VANDERBILT'S HOUSE AND COLLECTION. Vol. I. Boston: George Barrie, 1883. pp.45-48. From WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT'S HOUSE AND COLLECTION. Vols. 1-10. n.p. (Samuel Todd Walker), 2008.
Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. CHRISTAIN HERTER'S DECORATION OF THE WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT HOUSE IN NEW YORK. The Magazine Antiques, March 1995, pp. 414-415.
Other Notes: Chairs and cabinets from the UTEP museum collection sold in these rooms have also been identified as Herter Brothers designs for the 640 5th Avenue William H. Vanderbilt mansion.
both chairs have scratching and minor losses to gilding; fabric in poor condition; lady's chair has loss to griffon's face at armrest.
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