AN AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BRASS-INLAID EBONY AND EBONISED SIDE CABINET
AN AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BRASS-INLAID EBONY AND EBONISED SIDE CABINET
AN AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BRASS-INLAID EBONY AND EBONISED SIDE CABINET
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AN AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BRASS-INLAID EBONY AND EBONISED SIDE CABINET

ATTRIBUTED TO HERTER BROTHERS (W. 1864-1906), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880

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AN AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT BRASS-INLAID EBONY AND EBONISED SIDE CABINET
ATTRIBUTED TO HERTER BROTHERS (W. 1864-1906), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
The rounded rectangular top above a frieze drawer inset with two Japanese mixed-metal plaques and hung with crescent-shaped handles, flanked to each side by a short drawer inlaid with brass circular and crescent motifs above a central recess fitted with two adjustable shelves between an arched recess to each side fitted with single shelf, framed by carved pilasters inset with vertical Japanese panels above a brass-inlaid garland of suspended droplets, the sides with rounded corner doors mounted with Japanese escutcheons decorated with floral motifs, each enclosing an adjustable shelf, the apron with three frieze drawers, raised on stepped block feet, the reverse marked '71/5718' in black and '147' in white chalk, further twice inscribed 'No.1'
45 ¼ in. (115 cm.) high; 95 ¾ in. (243 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep
Literature
C. Gere & M. Whiteway, Nineteenth Century Design from Pugin to Mackintosh, London, 1993, p. 181, pl.226 (detail, illustrated).
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Lot Essay

Known for their finely-executed furniture in various eclectic and historical styles, half-brothers Gustav and Christian Herter of the New York firm Herter Brothers produced highly-prized unique works and interiors for America’s newly established elite class of industrialists and financiers. The firm was strongly influenced by Japanese art and motifs and the bronze inset plaques to the present lot closely recall the Japanese-inspired marquetry panels seen in a stamped and similarly rectilinear-form cabinet by Herter Brothers, now in the collection of the MFA Boston (inv. no. 2000.3). Illustrating an amalgamation of styles, the brass-inlaid swag and droplet motif seen here are reminiscent of the carved ribbon and jewelled garland decoration prominently showcased on the pedestals for the drawing room the William H. Vanderbilt House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 2002.298.2).

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