Fine Art and Antiques
Pair of Aesthetic Side Chairs
Rosewood and various inlaid woods, Gilt incising
35 inches high by 22 deep and 20 wide
A similar suite of furniture s in the collection of the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT
Herter Brothers was America's premier design furniture manufacturer in the last half of the 19th century. Their name is synonymous with the Aesthetic Movement, a design trend that began in England with the western awakening to Japanese decorative arts. These chairs show the incorporation of Japanese influenced decoration on a formal French Renaissance Revival form. Christian Herter is thought to be the most successful American designer in this style. Herter Brother's clients were America's new elite who made their fortunes as our country grew into an industrial power. The Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Ames, Mark Hopkins and the White House under the Grant Administration were all clients of Herter Brothers.
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