Herter Slipper Chairs (A Pair)
Gustave Herter, New York c. 1865
With good attribution to Herter Brothers, these distinctive slipper chairs are virtually identical to ones documented as having been produced by that firm for the Libby-Morse House in Portland, Maine. With a graceful and distinctive form derived from French antecedents, these chairs are considered among the most emblematic pieces produced by the Herter firm during the Gustave Herter era.
The association with the distinguished Ames family of Massachusetts gives added appeal to these particular pieces. Documented later commissions to the Herters by the Ames family are considered some of the most important in the entire oeuvre of the firm, and this earlier association is therefore of great significance. A similar chair of undocumented provenance is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Distinctive pieces with sound attribution to Herter Brothers and association with a distinguished family, these chairs are fascinating, appealing, useful and attractive.