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).